'One hell of a pillow fight' West Point tradition turns violent; 24 concussions | MassCops

'One hell of a pillow fight' West Point tradition turns violent; 24 concussions

Discussion in 'Military News' started by kwflatbed, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    An annual pillow fight by freshmen cadets at the U.S. Military Academy turned bloody this year when cadets swung pillowcases packed with hard objects, injuring 30 cadets, including 24 who suffered concussions.

    Photos and video have circulated on social media showing the Aug. 20 brawl, which The New York Times reports West Point did not confirm until Thursday.

    Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker told the newspaper the annual fight is organized by first-year students as a way to build camaraderie after a grueling summer of training to prepare them for plebe life.

    He said upperclassmen overseeing the fight required cadets to wear helmets, but video shows many did not. Some cadets swung pillowcases believed to be packed with their helmets.

    The Times noted one freshman posted on Twitter: "4 concussions, 1 broken leg, 2 broken arms, 1 dislocated shoulder, and several broken ribs. That’s one hell of a pillow fight. #USMA19."

    Kasker said all cadets have since returned to duty. None of the participants have been punished.

    'One hell of a pillow fight' West Point tradition turns violent; 24 concussions
     
  2. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    No doubt their laughter at the 'joke' will subside when they're no longer Cadets. What a damn stupid thing to do. Sad, really.
     
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  3. mpd61

    mpd61 Retired Fed, Active Special

    "Pillow Fights?".....
    AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA, HO HO HO HO HO, HEE HEE HEE, ahhhhhh.........
    ARMY STRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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