Citadel investigates cadets wearing pillowcases on heads

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Citadel investigating photos of cadets with pillowcases on their heads.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – South Carolina’s military college The Citadel announced Thursday it is investigating after photos surfaced on social media of cadets dressed all in white with pillowcases over their heads, images that evoke the Ku Klux Klan. “A social media posting, which I find offensive and disturbing, was brought to my attention this morning,” retired Air Force Lt. Seven freshmen cadets wore the hoods and all-white clothing while singing Christmas carols as part of a Ghosts of Christmas Past skit, according to initial findings by the college in Charleston. The college said the seven students wearing the pillowcases were knobs — freshmen who get that name from the close-cropped haircuts they receive when they report to school. The Citadel, founded in 1842 and known as the Military College of South Carolina, has a campus in the city where nine black churchgoers were killed on 17 June by a gunman during a Bible study session. According to WMBF, the post originated from a woman who said she took screenshots of Snapchat videos showing the cadets wearing hoods and posted the screenshots on Facebook.

Citadel spokeswoman Kim Keelor-Parker said the school was investigating whether more people took part and would have no further comment until the probe is complete. WCIV reported that in the Facebook post, the woman was reportedly ‘threatened, harassed and offered money from numerous Citadel cadets to take it offline in order to not ‘ruin their lives.” Ashworth said cadets are now taking final exams and the investigation will likely not be completed until after the first of the year.

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