Shannon Faulkner Pronounced Fit to Return to Duty, But Misses Morning Run
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Despite being pronounced fit to return to duty, the first female cadet at The Citadel missed her classmates’ 6 a.m. jog today and still had not rejoined her cadet company hours later.
Shannon Faulkner was expected to report to her company after breakfast after spending most of her first week as a cadet, the grueling ``hell week,″ in the infirmary for apparent heat-related illness.
She underwent tests at a hospital Thursday and had been deemed fit. But Citadel spokesman Terry Leedom said the school’s doctor reported this morning that Ms. Faulkner still was not ready to take up the cadets’ regimen.
Leedom would not comment further except to say he thought that by the end of the day today she would be ready.
Ms. Faulkner, who battled in court for 2 1/2 years to join the all-male corps, was admitted to the college infirmary on Monday after marching in 100-degree heat. She was taken to Roper Hospital on Thursday for undisclosed tests.
Ed Faulkner said his 20-year-old daughter had been vomiting and was treated for dehydration.
``She couldn’t keep anything down until last evening and I am told she was able to keep some toast down last night,″ said Citadel spokeswoman Judith Fluck.
Heat illnesses are not uncommon at the college. College officials said one cadet was taken on a stretcher from a physical fitness test Wednesday for treatment of heat stress. Two others were taken to the hospital Thursday for treatment.
Ms. Faulkner missed a large part of ``hell week,″ the first week of training for freshmen, and will have to catch up on her study of the honor manual and cadet regulations.