Citadel being forced to lower their standards after one special snowflake became offended. Update to this previous story.
Officials with the Citadel announced the results of an investigation into photos of cadets with pillowcases on their heads that appeared on social media in December.
Fourteen Citadel cadets were disciplined in connection with the photos, which went viral after a woman posted them on Facebook. The 14 include seven juniors and seven freshmen, school officials say.
The punishments range from on-campus punishments to suspensions and one dismissal. A dismissal requires a cadet to spend two semesters away from campus, school officials said in a statement.
“The investigation revealed that the cadets attempted to dress as ‘ghosts of Christmas past,'” Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa said. “What disappoints me is when several of the people, both the younger folks and the older cadets, realized the way it might be perceived, nobody took any action, and it continued.”
The second they thought the cadets’ appearance could have been viewed as offensive, they should have stopped, Rosa said, calling their failure to do so a “leadership failure.”
“It’s not what we do,” Rosa said. “We produce principled leaders, and we expect folks to step up and make the tough decisions and the timely decisions.”[…]
“While the skit had no ill intent, it did show poor judgment. It demonstrates that we must integrate an even higher level of diversity education into cadets’ daily activities, and into the already extensive leadership and ethics curriculum. We are working on that now,” Rosa said.
He said the school already has several programs in place to address diversity and support and recognize minority cadets.
“But we’ve got to do more across our campus, and we realize that,” he said.
Rosa is creating the President’s Task Force on Advancing Diversity and Inclusion as a result of the incident. The council will be led by the college’s Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Council.
“What this proves to us is that even as we have an assistant provost for diversity and we have a diversity council, we need to come together and take a hard look at where we are and where we need to improve,” Rosa said.