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Citadel cadets suspended as furor grows over KKK-type photos.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The latest news related to Citadel cadets who appeared in photos on social media wearing pillowcases on their heads. Photos showing cadets from Charleston-based military college, The Citadel, posing in white KKK-style hoods have prompted an investigation and suspension of the freshmen involved. The military college announced Friday that eight students had been suspended – seven cadets seen wearing the pillowcases and an upperclassman who was not dressed up. The school’s Board of Visitors has agreed to remove the Confederate Naval Jack from Summerall Chapel but that move requires approval from the South Carolina General Assembly under the state’s Heritage Act.

Rosa (ret) said in an official statement that he regards the photos posted online as “offensive and disturbing.” He stressed, however, that it was too early to draw conclusions as the investigation is still ongoing. “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,” Rosa said. “Preliminary reports are that the cadets were singing Christmas carols as part of a ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ skit.” Chairman of the Citadel Minority Alumni Association Lamont A. Melvin said “activities that led to this social media posting were not a mistake and should be dealt with severely because symbols matter.” “This is not the first, second or third time that racially charged events have been documented to have occurred at The Citadel,” he said on Facebook. Wendell Gilliard said in a written statement that such an act, just across town from the Emanuel AME church where nine people were shot and killed last summer, adds “insult to injury.” Dylann Roof, a white man who posed with a Confederate flag for online photos has been charged with killing the nine black parishoners. 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.

Race relations have been an acute issue in Charleston after a church shooting on June 17, 2015, when a gunmen opened fire during a prayer service, killing nine people including the senior pastor.

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