Citadel open to Congressional probe of hazing allegations
January 4, 1997
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) -- The Citadel would welcome a Congressional probe into allegations that female cadets were hazed, the military school's interim president said.
Clifton Poole said Friday the school was open to a congressional inquiry into the allegations. Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Indiana, raised the possibility of a probe following hazing complaints by cadets Jeanie Mentavlos of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Kim Messer of Clover, South Carolina.
The two women want to return to classes this month but have not made a final decision, one of the women's lawyers said Friday. Mentavlos and Messer allegedly were targets of hazing that included setting their clothes on fire, being shoved with rifles and being forced to drink alcohol.
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