Bullies and Cowards: The West Point Hazing Scandal, by Philip Leon

By Philip Leon

Whilst Oscar Booze entered West aspect in 1898, the older cadets determined that he didn't agree to their photo of what a cadet might be. After 4 months of continuing torment, together with a beating in an equipped boxing fit, ridicule for interpreting his Bible, and the pressured intake of scorching sauce within the cadet mess corridor, he resigned. while Oscar died a 12 months and a part later from tuberculosis of the larynx, his family members claimed that the West aspect cadets had killed their son by means of scarring his throat and making a fertile box for the deadly an infection. this is often the tale of the resultant scandal that introduced West aspect less than fireplace within the press national. Investigations following Oscar's loss of life could display a long-standing development of cruelty that had turn into inextricably pointed out with the academy, relating to notions of social Darwinism and initiation rituals well known on the time. either the home of Representatives and the Senate thought of final the Academy in mild of testimony by means of cadets in separate investigations that exposed merciless and sadistic practices. Distilling startling bills from trial transcripts, modern newspaper tales, archival documents and correspondence, this ebook exposes a little-known bankruptcy within the historical past of West aspect.

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Early in December 1898, a clerk noticed alterations in the demerit records kept there. Someone had removed reports and their accompanying demerits for twelve cadets. Baender deleted a total of twenty-seven demerits from his records, and Lane wiped out twenty-one. The other cadets whose records were altered knew nothing of the crime; Claude E. Brigham lost eleven demerits, Frederick Van Duyne lost two, and eight other cadets lost one demerit. , when cadets were supposed to be in their rooms. About this same time, someone broke into the commissary and stole $200 worth of postage stamps, a case of drawing instruments, and a few other items.

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P. 1342. 19. "Cadet Tyler Was Moved to Tears," Philadelphia Inquirer 12 Jan. 1901: 10. 20. Report, p. 202. 21. , p. 203. 22. , p. 1495. 23. , p. 1690. 24. , p. 1702. 25. , pp. 1821-23. 26. Michael Winerip, "The Beauty of Beast Barracks," New York Times Magazine 12 Oct. 1997: 50. 27. Report, p. 203. 28. , p. 1487. 29. , p. 1488. 30. , pp. 1488-89. 31. , p. 1713. 32. , p. 146. CHAPTER 3 The Scandal Oscar said he liked West Point; he liked the discipline, and he liked everything there but the upper class men, and that they just seemed to have full sway and do as they pleased, even after the commanding officers would tell them what to do.

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