One night pillow fight left 30 West Point cadets injured as they were engrossed in the traditional rite of passage that marks the end of the basic summer training at the U.S. Military Academy.
This rite of passage, historically assessed to have begun in 1987, is a means for the young cadets, coined as plebes to blow off steam accumulated over the year and strengthen bonds between them.
Only this year, the pillow fight event taking place on August 20th, left a few with injuries. Thirty reports of injuries were signaled in total. Surely, the West Point pillow fight turned bloody made for a good story on social media websites, where the plebes made a point of pride of their injuries.
One account stated:
“4 concussions, 1 broken leg, 2 broken arms, 1 dislocated shoulder and several broken ribs. That’s one hell of a pillow fight. #USMA19”.
For most of us, these would be scandalous. But for the first year West Point cadets, the injuries and the pillow fight are a proud story of camaraderie in the U.S. Military Academy. According to the New York Times, 24 cadets were left with concussions following the pillow fight.
As pillows swang around to celebrate the ending of the first year summer training, some of them were filled with hard objects that inflicted the injuries and turned the rite into a bloody one.
It seems that the superiors who supervised the pillow fight advised the plebes to be wearing protective gear, such as helmets. Contrary to the orders, many stuffed them in the pillow fracases.
Commenting for the New York Time, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Kasker, U.S. Military Academy spokesperson, confirmed that the freshmen were advised to wear helmets. At the same time, he insisted that all cadets are now back to duty, albeit some accounts telling that some of them are still not up for the task due to injuries suffered.
None of the West Point cadets have faced disciplinary measures. Perhaps because not many are complaining. Instead, their injuries are proudly worn as as the signs of the rite of passage and a seal of the bond between them.
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