Citadel investigating after controversial photos surface

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Citadel Cadets Suspended After Wearing White Pillowcases on Heads.

In a statement today, the president of The Citadel military college in Charleston, South Carolina explained that the above photos of Citadel cadets show the young men “singing Christmas carols as part of a ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ skit.” I don’t know—looks like a KKK thing to me. South Carolina’s military college The Citadel is investigating after pictures surfaced on social media this week of cadets dressed in all white with pillowcases over their heads, images similar to the KKK. 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 students, whose costumes obviously look very similar to Ku Klux Klan hoods and robes, said they were singing carols in a “Ghosts of Christmas Past” sketch. A statement from college president called the photographs offensive and disturbing and said the college has begun proceedings to suspend the eight students involved.

We will provide more information upon completion of the investigation.” One woman who saw the photos on Snapchat and then posted them on Facebook told Live 5 News, “Whether they are supposed to look like ghosts or not, we all know what they look like and they know what they look like and it’s just rude.” Shortly after the shooting in Charleston last June, Citadel leaders voted to remove the Confederate flag from the campus chapel. She was then reportedly “threatened, harassed and offered money from numerous Citadel Cadets to take it offline in order to not ‘ruin their lives.’” School administrators and officers are currently looking into the situation, though reports suggest the skit and hoods are part of an underclassmen hazing ritual. In accordance with college policy, we immediately began suspension proceedings for those cadets known to be involved, and we are continuing to investigate this incident. Removing the Confederate Naval Jack from Summerall Chapel is the next step,” Morris Robinson, a former Citadel football player, told The Post and Courier. “It belongs somewhere, in a library or a museum with a glass case around it. Hazing has from time to time put the college in the limelight and novelist Pat Conroy wrote about it in his book The Lords of Discipline – a fictional account based on his Citadel experiences in the 1960s.

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