Thursday, December 10, 2015

Eight Citadel Students Suspended for Klan Skit; Posted Ku Klux Klan Garb Images on Internet

The Citadel -- a military college in Charleston, South Carolina -- said today (December 10, 2015) that it is taking punitive action against the students involved in images posted to Facebook showing cadets dressed in all-white clothing as well as white hoods, similar to the garb historically worn by the Ku Klux Klan racist group, according to the ABC News website.

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa called the Facebook post "offensive and disturbing" in a statement today and said that suspension proceedings had begun for the students involved in the photographs.

A woman -- who was not a cadet -- saw the image of an upper class cadet in front of seven cadets with pillowcases over their heads on Snapchat and then posted the screenshots on Facebook. The cadets were singing Christmas carols in a "Ghost of Christmas Past" skit.

Rosa said, "In accordance with college policy, we immediately began suspension proceedings... and we are continuing to investigate this incident."

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