2 Coast Guard Academy cadets punished for racial harassment

U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London (file).

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Two white cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy have been punished for harassing a black classmate.

A spokesman for the academy in New London, Connecticut, says the commandant of cadets ruled at a hearing Thursday that the cadets violated regulations and ordered discipline including demerits and marching tours.

The academy says one of the cadets played a racially offensive song in the black cadet’s room. After leaving to tell a peer counselor, the black cadet returned to find the background screen on his computer had been changed to show the Mississippi state flag, which includes the Confederate battle flag.

An investigator in December recommended the students be charged with violations of the Regulations of the Corps of Cadets over the October episode.

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