The U.S. Military Academy at West Point announced Friday that an internal investigation cleared cadets accused of flashing a “white power” symbol on national television.
“We investigated this matter thoroughly,” Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, 60th superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, said according to a news release. “Last Saturday we had reason to believe these actions were an innocent game and not linked to extremism, but we must take allegations such as these very seriously. We are disappointed by the immature behavior of the cadets.”
The Naval Academy also determined that the men were not flashing “white power” symbol, CBS News reported. They were playing the “circle game,” where a person makes the “okay” symbol below another’s waist. If someone else looks at the symbol, the person making it can punch the other person.