The Citadel Releases Statement After Controversial Photos of Cadets Posted Online

Earlier today, The Citadel released a statement in response to a series of photos showing cadets dressed in what many felt resembled Klu Klux Klan hoods. The students involved have been identified and "suspension proceedings" have begun.

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, the president of the Citadel, released the statement, which said:

"A social media posting, which I find offensive and disturbing, was brought to my attention this morning. It shows an upper class cadet in front of seven cadets with pillowcases over their heads. In accordance with college policy, we immediately began suspension proceedings for those cadets known to be involved, and we are continuing to investigate this incident. Preliminary reports are cadets were singing Christmas carols as part of a “Ghosts of Christmas Past” skit. These images are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect. We will provide more information upon completion of the investigation."

For updates, and to see the one of the photos, visit ABC News 4 here.

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