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June-09-97

Female Citadel Cadet Hazed Because She Did Not Know Particulars of the KKK

A female cadet of The Citadel, who left the military college because of excessive hazing, says she was starved for weeks because she failed to answer questions about the Knights of the Golden Circle, a faction of the Ku Klux Klan. Jeannie Mentavlos claims there was an "obsession" with the Klan at the school. She told the news magazine 60 Minutes that "I could not come up with the answer. So for two weeks straight, I sat there in front of a full plate of food and I was not allowed to eat [by higher-ranked students] because I didn't know who they were. There was a certain degree of obsession with the KKK." CBS plans to air photographs and video of Nazi paraphernalia during the spring. The network claims that the KKK and the Nazi have been glorified at the Citadel for decades. Citadel interim President Clifton Poole has ordered an investigation of the school's mottos and symbols to be completed by September 1, 1997.

Media Resources: CNN Online - June 9, 1997