Why did West Point ban the pillow fight?

West Point Bans Annual Pillow Fight After 24 Cadets Found to Have Concussions. Injuries included a broken nose, fractured cheek and dozens of concussions. Tradition became violent when some cadets put hard objects in their pillowcases, leading to dozens of injuries.

Has anyone ever died from a pillow fight?

A 12-year-old girl died after hitting her head during a pillow fight with her best friend. Jessica Smith made a playful lunge with the pillow but missed and banged her head on a bedstead. She went to bed soon after but was later taken to hospital after being sick.

Do Pillow fights hurt?

After digging around, I’ve found there isn’t a lot in medical literature concerning pillow-fights. The short answer to your question is, “yes, you can seriously hurt someone if you slam a pillow into someone and, as you say, ‘knock the crap out of’ them'”.

Is there hazing at West Point?

The new class of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy this year has been spared a disciplinary ritual as old as West Point itself. Hazing of first-year cadets, or plebes, has been abolished. But at this 188-year-old school, hazing is a tradition that has survived reform before.

Can you get a concussion from a pillow fight?

A prestigious military academy’s annual pillow fight resulted in 24 concussions and other injuries in late August, when some students placed hard objects into the pillow sacks.

Do cadets fight?

Two combat ranges of hand-to-hand fighting are taught: 1) Grappling range – cadets learn to fight and win on the ground and, 2) Clinch range – cadets learn to close the distance and control the fight between themselves and an attacker.

Can a pillow fight cause concussions?

How do I check myself for a concussion?

Physical signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

  1. Headache.
  2. Ringing in the ears.
  3. Nausea.
  4. Vomiting.
  5. Fatigue or drowsiness.
  6. Blurry vision.

What does R Day mean at West Point?

Reception Day
Monday was Reception Day, or “R Day,” for the Class of 2025 cadet candidates at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After goodbyes with parents, the group began the process of transforming from a civilian into a member of the United States military.

How hard do you have to hit someone to give them a concussion?

You don’t actually have to hit your head to get a concussion. Concussion is the result of acceleration and deceleration of the brain inside the skull.