2 Coast Guard Academy cadets punished for racial harassment

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Posted: Jan 12, 2018 12:37 PM

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.

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