After images surfaced online of eight students at The Citadel wearing what appears to be KKK hoods, officials at the renowned public military college in Charleston, South Carolina suspended the students and launched a probe, according to CNN and The New York Times.
From The New York Times:
Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, the president of the Citadel, said in a statement that he found the posting “offensive and disturbing.”
Two images appeared to show the cadets dressed in all-white shirts, pants, socks and gloves, topped by pointed hoods with eyeholes.
“Preliminary reports are cadets were singing Christmas carols as part of a ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ skit,” General Rosa said.
Whether the getups were part of a Christmas skit or not, students at the military school should know the history of the Ku Klux Klan and what it represents. It shows bad judgment, especially since the Citadel is located in Charleston, where a self-professed White supremacist killed nine people at Emanuel AME Church over the summer.