Saturday, September 1, 2012

sereant hits soldiers in chest with mallet (hazing)

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BC Army Sgt. hit with mallet in hazing

Father of soldier wants stricter punishment

Updated: Friday, 31 Aug 2012, 11:22 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 31 Aug 2012, 10:32 PM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - A disturbing video taped at a U.S. military base in North Carolina shows one soldier hitting another with a wooden mallet, causing him to stumble backward and seconds later, collapse unto the floor, hitting his head on a chair.

That's where the video ends. But according to 22-year-old Sgt. Phillip Roach's father, Ken, the sergeant then had a seizure and had to be taken to a hospital for stitches.

Sgt. Roach flies a special type of plane, among other things, but is currently unable to do so because of the seizure, according to his father.

Sgt. Roach has been in the Army for five years and was recently promoted from specialist to sergeant. Being hit with the mallet was meant to be some sort of "initiation."
 
His father said both the soldier who struck his son with the wooden mallet and the one who filmed the incident are his son's superiors.
 
"He needs punishment. That was assault with a deadly weapon," he said. "He could've killed my son and he should pay for it."

After reaching out to the president's office, Roach's father received a letter back acknowledging the "unauthorized ceremony," calling it a "clear incident of hazing that caused injury to a great soldier."

The letter also confirms the soldier who hit him in that video has been reprimanded. But Ken Roach called it a "slap on the wrist" and said the punishment's not good enough.

"I'm not mad at the Army," Roach's father said. "I'm mad at the individuals who done it and who's trying to give a little slap on the wrist and say, 'It's good to go. Let's just sweep it under the rug. Send him somewhere else and be done with it.'"

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is also weighing in. Friday, he released a statement asking the Army to review this case.

"There's a possibility that he may never be able to clear medically and be able to do his job and they could medically discharge him just because of this stupid hazing," Roach's father said.
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Levin released the following statement Friday:





I never understand  the whole  hazing ritual,if you are that  unpopular and  need  to get  hurt  for someone to like, you,then you need  to get some  self esteem ....

I mean its bad  enough  to join the army and get mortally wounded  ,but this  hazing shit  amongst a  bunch of dudes  is really questionable ......

The army should fire  this  pricks ass and  give him an  honorable  discharge ...yes its has  been around  forever ,but now  media  is  everywhere .....

This  young guy could have  died  then it would be  murder .... oooopss!!!!!!!!!!!!!  we forgot he is a  soldier  he  signed up for  god  and  country  what  pile of  shit  as  far as  i can see ...how  does  this  whole  thing pan out to be anything  other  than a  sergeant   getting his  jollies  but  hitting someone  weaker  or  less  ranked  than  him ......a

oh yes  here  we  go  ...Its  govt  !!!! yes  good old  govt ..... yep  there  guys  are in the govt.......  we  need  to think  govt....... its  important that we  have  sergeants ,,, who go to  war,  and  hit  weak men  who want to  be liked ....i hope the guy  who  done this  lets his kids  see  how  much  of  a  man  father  he is ..........


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