More than a dozen cadets caused an uproar at their storied South Carolina military college this week after photo surfaced online showing them looking like Ku Klux Klansmen, NBC News reported.
"Preliminary reports are cadets were singing Christmas carols as part of a 'Ghosts of Christmas Past' skit," Citadel President retired Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa said in a statement. "These images are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect."
The photos showed cadets clad in white, including white pillowcases covering their heads like KKK hoods.
The students involved were not immediately identified; Rosa said "cadets known to be involved" were suspended and that administrators were seeking out others. On the Citadel Alumni Association's Facebook page, there was both anger and embarrassment over the photos.