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Settlement Ends Hazing Lawsuit Involving Citadel

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge dismissed an

$880,000 civil lawsuit stemming from a hazing at The Citadel

after attorneys for the black plaintiff and five white defendants

reached a settlement.

As part of the agreement, the terms of the settlement

will not be released, attorneys David Norton and Bachman

Smith, who represent the defendants, said Monday.

Five white cadets disguised under sheets and towels entered

black cadet Kevin Nesmith's barracks room in the middle

of the night.

The five muttered obscenities and left a charred paper

cross behind. The five, who have since graduated, were ordered

to walk 195 hour-long punishment tours with rifles, the

harshest penalty in school history short of dismissal.

Nesmith, who left the college shortly after the incident,

later sued, charging his constitutional rights, including

the right to be free from racial discrimination, had been

violated.

School officials were dismissed as defendants last month

after U.S. District Judge Sol Blatt Jr. ruled they enjoyed

qualified immunity.

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