While hazing was part of the tradition at The Citadel for years, some parents say South Carolina's military college isn't doing enough now to eliminate the practice that the school says won't be tolerated.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that Christopher Kibbee of Saegertown, Pa., says he suffered abuse, harassment and hazing from older cadets in leadership positions when he started at the school in 2009.
The college says hazing is not tolerated and that 18 cases have been reported during the past three years, three of them last school year. The college says allegations are thoroughly investigated and handled through the disciplinary process.
Kibbee said an upper-class cadet repeatedly drove an unsharpened pencil into his forehead and he ended up in the infirmary. He left after a semester, and his mother, Debby, says the school didn't provide enough direct staff supervision of cadets in the barracks.
The college's commandant of cadets, Leo Mercado, said the cadet accused in the incident was suspended for the semester in which the incident happened as well as an additional semester.