An annual pillow fight tradition turned into a bloody brawl at the Prestigious US Military Academy based in West Point. Thirty cadets who had just completed their first year of summer training at the academy were left injured after the pillow fight.
The traditional event left 24 of the young cadets with concussions as per the academy. Certain reports showed that some of the cadets had stuffed their pillows with hard objects that inflicted large amounts of damage to their fellow cadets.
A total of 30 cadets were injured, and students reported that the list of wounds included one broken leg as well as dislocated shoulders of various cadets.
The yearly event is meant to fall under a sort of team building, its aim is to foster class spirit and celebrate the completion of the first-year of rigorous summer training.
The pillow fight took a violent turn when certain cadets took it upon themselves to stuff the helmets they were encouraged to use during the battle, inside of their pillows.
"Mitigating measures" had been put in place by the upperclassmen who oversaw the event, such as requiring cadets to wear helmets.
A video posted on Youtube showed several hundred students vigorously socking each other with pillows during the free-for-all in a courtyard. Pictures of bloodied cadets were also posted on Twitter.
"West Point applauds the cadets' desire to build esprit and regrets the injuries to our cadets," said the head of the academy. "We are conducting appropriate investigations into the causes of the injuries."
No disciplinary measures have been taken against the cadets and there were no plans to end the yearly brawl, the media reports said.
Certain cadets told the media reporters that one student was even knocked unconscious during the brawl.
A female student who participated in the brawl told the media, "When we learned how many people had gotten hurt, everyone felt totally hard-core. I know it looks weird from the outside, but it really bonds us.”