The Courier-Mail

Pillow fight a knockout with cadets


NEW YORK: Thirty first-year military cadets who had just completed summer training at the US academy at West Point were injured when an annual pillow fight turned bloody.

The New York Times reported that the brawl left 24 young cadets with concussion­s, the academy told the paper, after reports some stuffed their pillows with hard objects.

Among several hundred participan­ts, students reported one broken leg, two broken arms, several broken ribs as well as dislocated shoulders.

The yearly rite of passage is meant to foster class spirit and celebrate the first-year “plebe” class’s completion of its rigorous summer training.

However, the August 20 pillow fight took a turn for the worse when some cadets reportedly stuffed the helmets they were encouraged to wear during the fracas inside their pillow cases.

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