West Point Bans Annual Pillow Fight After 24 Cadets Found to Have Concussions

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West Point Bans Annual Pillow Fight After 24 Cadets Found to Have Concussions

What started as a lighthearted tradition meant to build camaraderie, transformed into chaos on Aug. 20 when the United States Military Academy at West Point’s annual pillow fight turned bloody, leaving 30 freshmen injured, investigators said Wednesday.

Nicknamed “plebes,” first-year students are responsible for organizing the pillow fight, held almost every year since 2001.

The list of injuries at this past gathering, included a broken nose, fractured cheek and 24 concussions.

The investigators stated in the report, that one cadet was knocked unconscious before the pillow fight ended and was treated by a certified emergency medical technician.

The unconscious student may have been the victim of what is called a “Blue Falcon” move. A maneuver where cadets are hit from behind and knocked to the ground, the investigation explained.


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