Military Academy Bans Annual "Pillow Fight" Tradition

November 27, 2015

Military Academy Bans Annual "Pillow Fight" Tradition

US West Point Military Academy cadets have participated in an annual tradition of mass pillow fights from as far back as the late 1800's, some say, as a fun way to mark the end of summer training. The annual event, which takes place at night time on campus, has been described as "a harmless way of blowing off steam at the end of a grueling summer of training". But this year, it seems that some cadets have taken what has mostly been considered a harmless event, and turned it into a dangerous game, leaving many injured and the academy questioning the safety of this hundred plus year old tradition.

This Youtube video shows a clip of this years pillow fight at the end of August, where some cadets chose to stuff their pillows with hard objects which were though to have been helmets.

30 cadets were injured in the pillow fight, 24 of which were knocked unconscious due to blows in the head, one suffered a broken nose, and many others, dislocated shoulders. While all cadets have sufficiently healed and returned to duty, West Point officials have decided to put an end to the annual fight, and will pursue disciplinary action for those involved. Superintendent Lt Gen Robert L Caslen said the academy "is determined to send a clear message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated".

(Article courtesy of BBC)

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