Hazing Scandal Hits The Citadel

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Hazing Scandal Hits The Citadel

Seems like a new hazing scandal hits the news every damn day.

Today, our story comes from The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, S.C., comprised of cadets pursuing their degrees. It is an accepted practice for the older students to discipline knobs (AKA the freshmen). However, four upperclass cadets have left school and 20 others have been disciplined for hazing allegations.

From the Charlotte Observer:

Four upperclass Citadel cadets have left school “voluntarily” and 20 others have been disciplined after the institution investigated some 85 allegations, many involving student hazing, the school announced late Friday afternoon.

No reports have come out describing what these hazing allegations are, but I can assume that they are nothing more than simple mental strengthening exercises. The incidents were reported after a Feb. 8 meeting with freshmen cadets and Capt. Geno Paulso, the commandant of the cadets.

The school received the allegations after the commandant of cadets at The Citadel, Capt. Geno Paluso, held a Feb. 8 meeting with all freshman cadets “to remind them of their duty to report any instances of hazing. He gave them until noon the next day to report violations or face possible disciplinary action,” the statement said.

It sounds like he put the proverbial gun to these kids’ heads and forced them to report something. I would wonder if the possible disciplinary action resembles anything that the upperclassmen are being accused of. Overall, it’s a pretty fucked up situation that these upperclassmen are leaving school and being disciplined. If more information comes out about what these incidents entail, we’ll keep you updated.

[via Charlotte Observer]

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