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Three Cadets Suspended In Hazing Incident

December 6, 1986

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Three cadets at The Citadel have been suspended until the end of the year in connection with the second hazing reported in a month at the military school, a college spokesman confirmed.

The three cadets are still in school because the suspensions, imposed Nov. 25, were being appealed, Lt. Col. Ben W. Legare, a Citadel spokesman, said Friday.

The hazing incident reportedly occurred during November. The first incident involved five white cadets hazing a black cadet.

Legare would not give specifics of the latest hazing because of privacy considerations and because the case was under appeal. ″It’s just like litigation,″ he said.

The suspensions, if upheld, would run through this semester, which ends Dec. 31, Legare said. Cadets are not allowed on campus while under suspension, he said.

Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley Jr., president of The Citadel, will hear the appeals, Legare said. No date has been set for the hearing, but it will be soon and a decision will be prompt, he said.

Grimsley declined to comment Saturday.

Legare refused to say how many people were hazed, if the cadets involved were black or white, and refused to reveal the names or hometowns of the three suspended cadets or the hazing victims.

He also declined comment on why these cadets were suspended when Grimsley set aside suspensions for the five students in the previous incident.

In that case, five white cadets, wearing white sheets and towels, entered the room of black cadet Kevin Nesmith on Oct. 23. They muttered his name, spoke profanities and burned a small paper cross.

Grimsley set aside those five suspensions as long as the cadets did not get into trouble for the remainder of the school year. Those five students also are restricted to campus for six months.

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