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December-16-96

Citadel Women's Clothes Set on Fire

The Citadel Military College has suspended one cadet and relieved three others of military duty pending an investigation into a hazing incident involving two female cadets. The male cadets allegedly sprayed the women's clothes with a flammable liquid and then set them on fire. State Law Enforcement and the FBI are also investigating claims of verbal and physical threats against the female cadets. Chief of the State Law Enforcement, Robert M. Stewart commented that the police were looking into, "three categories. One is physical abuse, which may constitute hazing under state law. The second is threats of harm between students, and the third is flammable liquid being placed on articles of clothing being worn by two female freshman cadets, then ignited." The women did not report the situation to their superior officers, but it came to light after they told others who then reported it to a higher command. The Citadel admitted four women this year after a similar all-men military college, the Virginia Military Institute, was deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Media Resources: The Washington Post - December 14 & 15, 1996