(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The Citadel, the South Carolina military college, said Thursday that it is taking action against the students involved in images posted to Facebook showing cadets dressed in all-white clothing as well as white hoods, reminiscent of the garb historically worn by the Ku Klux Klan.
Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa called the Facebook post “offensive and disturbing” in a statement and said that suspension proceedings had begun for the students involved in the photographs.
A woman, who was not a cadet, reportedly saw the image on Snapchat and then posted the screenshots on Facebook.
The social media posting “shows an upper class cadet in front of seven cadets with pillowcases over their heads,” Rosa said.
“In accordance with college policy, we immediately began suspension proceedings … and we are continuing to investigate this incident,” he said. “We will provide more information upon completion of the investigation.”
Rosa said that an initial probe had revealed the cadets were singing Christmas carols in a “Ghosts of Christmas Past” skit.
“These images are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect,” he said.
Thirteen students has been suspended, according to the Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina.
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