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October 12, 1992
The Citadel The story about The Citadel (What Is The Citadel? Sept. 14) sickened me. It sickened me because I wear the ring—class of '74—and love the school. But I also know the terror of what goes on behind those barracks walls. Nineteen-year-old boys are given a frightening amount of power over the lives of 18-year-olds, with scarce supervision. The things Rick Reilly reported do go on, and they will continue to go on because The Citadel does little more than slap the wrist of those offenders.PRESTON MITCHELLPound, Va.
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The first year in any military school is always difficult, but the treatment of plebes has a specific purpose, one that has withstood the test of time. I am a 1948 graduate of The Citadel. Not a hand was laid on me, nor was I ever touched or struck by any object. What's more, I did not know of such things happening to any other cadet.
WILLIAM V. SCRUGGS
Westlake Village, Calif.

Reilly, as I picture him, is some sort of limp-wristed, nonathletic type who never played a down of football or an inning of baseball in his entire life or, for that matter, had many friends. He writes Harlequin romance-style articles. It would suit me 100% if he never, ever set foot in the great state of South Carolina again.
W. ALLEN ARMSTRONG JR.
The Citadel, class of '84
Greenville, S.C.

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