Now will they discipline him again for leaking the punishment orders?
Earlier this month, cadet Nick Pinelli, a senior political science student scheduled to graduate May 7, revealed in a Facebook post that The Citadel was considering a new Muslim student’s request to wear a hijab with her uniform. His post led to heated debates and widespread media coverage across the country. And we reported about it here: US Military College Breaking 175-Year Code To Appease One Muslim Student
Ironically, his post was in DEFENSE of the Citadel, but the military college didn’t see it that way. He is being PUNISHED for leaking the story, according to The Post and Courier.
Citadel officials first planned to charge him with “behavior unbecoming to a cadet”, a Class I offense that can lead to dismissal. Finally, they reduced it to “gross poor judgement” and assigned him the maximum punishment: 40 “tours”, 50 minutes EACH of silent marching with a rifle. And he must complete the entire marching assignment before graduating on May 7.
On April 21, Pinelli shared the story revealing his punishment in a new Facebook post, including the message, “I promise I’m gonna graduate, grandma!” Several friends responded in support, and Pinelli said, “Just going to do my time, get out, and get on with my life.”
He has also been working as an intern for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and shared an appropriate quote from Donald Trump in a post: “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t, frankly, have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either.”
A spokesman for the Citadel declined to respond to the issue, stating that privacy rights prevented him from discussing individual disciplinary action. No final announcement has been made yet, on whether the Citadel will change their uniform rules to allow the incoming student to wear the hijab.
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