Military college cadets stage hunger strike at The Citadel

September 19, 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Two reports of rodents, a video showing hair in French fries and claims of undercooked chicken have prompted some students at South Carolina’s revered public military college to go on a hunger strike.

News outlets report social media posts showing problems inside the dining hall at The Citadel in Charleston prompted the protest to begin Wednesday. Spokesman Col. John Dorrian says the school is working with its food service provider and a pest control company to assure food safety and quality.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control inspected the cafeteria twice last week. The dining hall received passing scores after both visits.

Dorrian says cadets are required to report to the dining hall for meals. He says they won’t be punished if they choose not to eat.