Pillow Fights at West Point Are Banned After Injuries

26 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Pillow Fights at West Point Are Banned After Injuries.

America’s West Point military academy has banned pillow fights after this year’s traditional melee ended with dozens of injuries, broken bones and threats of legal action.The superintendent of the United States Military Academy disclosed Wednesday that he would ban pillow fights like the one on Aug. 20 that left two dozen freshmen cadets with concussions and six with other injuries.WEST POINT – Pillow fights at the US Military Academy are illegal effective immediately following such an event on August 20 in which 30 people were injured.

First-year cadets, nicknamed “plebes”, organise the annual night-time pillow fight every August as a way to build camaraderie after a long summer of training for the young men and women destined to become America’s military leaders. Military Academy officials said Wednesday they have banned the annual pillow fight by first-year cadets after a bloody clash between “plebes” this summer at West Point left 30 injured, including 24 diagnosed with concussions. Karl Meyer, who led an investigation into the incident, recommended that the Academy discontinue the event in future years through written guidance that would include warnings of possible disciplinary actions against cadets who “have been a part of initiating, coordinating or taking part in the event in any capacity.” Academy Superintendent Lt. The latter was caused, a new Army investigation said, by the helmet one cadet was wearing “rotating forward and striking him in the nose” after he was struck by a pillow.

Robert Caslen ordered the probe after 30 cadets were injured in a large-scale pillow fight between members of the school’s first-year class, known as plebes. Many injuries were the results of cadets being hit by elbows or other body parts during the scuffle of the pillow fight or from falling or being knocked to the ground, it read. It did not elaborate, except to say doctors used conservative assessments that most likely meant more diagnoses than would have occurred in a civilian hospital.

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