WCIV – After photos surfaced on social media showing Citadel cadets in white hoods and reportedly singing Christmas carols, eight cadets have been suspended from the school as an investigation continues into the photos.
In a statement from The Citadel’s Lt. Gen. John Rosa, the cadets “were singing Christmas carols as part of a ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ skit. These images are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect.”
In the [original Facebook post that contained the pictures screengrabbed off Snapchat], a girl was reportedly “threatened, harassed and offered money from numerous Citadel Cadets to take it offline in order to not ‘ruin their lives.'”
A person with knowledge of what’s going on and knowledge of the school’s rituals between upperclassmen and freshmen said administrators and officers are trying to assess the situation. The person also said the incident took place in one of the barracks at The Citadel, and that based on the way the men in white hoods are standing, they are likely first year students, knows as “knobs,” and this could be considered a form of hazing.
Not the best look for these guys attending The Citadel, the military college in South Carolina. And I kind of feel bad for these dudes if that report of being first-year students is true. That’s a situation where they 100% may have known better but there’s no way you’re not putting on that, ahem, spooky ghost mask when forced to do it by guys older and cooler than you who will probably beat the shit out of you if you say no. And now these kids are going to have this on their record forever and everyone is fucked all because they thought it was funny to look like KKK dudes. Complaints about PC culture are often a valid case but at a time like this or commenting “slut” on your a feminist page from your personal Facebook, you’ve gotta just use your brains.
Though I have to say for as dumb as these guys are, the biggest crime here is that first girl grabbing the pictures off Snapchat and posting them on Facebook in the first place. That is a sacred trust between two adults, one that can never be violated or else the Elder Snapchat Gods are angered.*
*Unless you have one of those Snapchat saver apps that sneakily saves pics so you can store them away in an inconspicuous folder in your Documents called 2013 Tax Docs and masturbate to them on occasion when regular porn just isn’t cutting it. That’s theoretically totally above board because you don’t share them and is the one allowed exception everyone would be okay with. Theoretically.