US West Point military academy bans mass pillow fights

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.Officials at West Point’s military academy have banned the annual pillow fight between first-year cadets after 30 people were injured during the event earlier this year.

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. Images posted on social media showed cadets packing hard objects inside their pillows – including a helmet – although the army said many injuries were caused by elbows or falls. “West Point applauds the cadets’ desire to build esprit and regrets the injuries to our cadets,” he said in September. “We are conducting appropriate investigations into the causes of the injuries.” “While never officially sanctioned, it is now officially banned, and we will take appropriate action to ensure that all faculty, staff, leaders, the Corps of Cadets and everyone at West Point knows that it will not be tolerated,” said Lt Gen Robert Caslen. 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.

It said that upper-class behaviors ‘ranged from throwing items such as small milk cartons, water balloons, fruit and glow sticks from barracks windows’ to yelling at plebes and encouraging them ‘get back into the fight’. 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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