A Pakistani Muslim Marine recruit pussy at Parris Island boot camp in South Carolina was “slapped” in the face several times by his drill instructor moments before he ran away and evidently jumped to his death from a three story (40-foot) fall at his barracks.
ABC News (h/t Susan K) The Marines have ruled the March death of 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui a suicide and a broad investigation into the treatment of Marine recruits at Parris Island has resulted in 20 Marines facing criminal charges or administrative punishment for the abuse and mistreatment of recruits.
According to a report obtained from Marine Corps officials, Siddiqui jumped to his death on March 18 after having been “forcefully slapped” in the face between “one and three times” by his drill instructor. He then “stood, ran through the back hatch (exit) of the squad bay, and vaulted the railing of the stairwell, causing him to fall from the third deck of the barracks to the access stairs below.”
At the time Siddiqui had been complaining that his throat hurt and “would not speak or answer when prompted.” He had fallen to the floor grabbing his neck “in apparent pain and failing to comply with orders to respond.” The drill sergeant insisted on an “an acceptable response” that precipitated his slapping Siddiqui.
The report also found that Siddiqui’s drill instructor was alleged “to have engaged in serious misconduct with a previous platoon, including hazing and verbal and physical abuse of a Muslim recruit.” Substantiation of those allegations should have led to his suspension as a drill instructor.
Five days prior to his death, Siddiqui was found to have made a suicidal threat that led to his being placed on watch and scheduled for a mental health evaluation the next day. He recanted his threat but his unit’s leadership “failed to report an allegation he made of physical abuse by his drill instructors,” the report said. The next day he was cleared for duty.
A Marine Corps statement released Thursday said “findings from the Siddiqui investigation conclude that Siddiqui’s death was the result of suicide.”
Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (below) had asked the Marine Corps, on behalf of Siddiqui’s family, to ascertain if his Muslim faith and Pakistani heritage may have resulted in hazing that contributed to his death.
Commanders and senior enlisted advisers at several levels “were relieved in the wake of Recruit Siddiqui’s death and a number of drill instructors have been suspended,” the statement said.
General Robert Neller, the Commandant of the Marine Corps stated,”Tthe manner in which we make Marines is as important as the finished product. Recruit training is, and will remain, physically and mentally challenging so that we can produce disciplined, ethical, basically-trained Marines.”
The investigations found “recurrent physical and verbal abuse of recruits by drill instructors, with a noted insufficiency of oversight and supervision at various command levels” said the Marine statement. And the abuse was not limited to new recruits, investigators found that new drill instructors were also mistreated by more experienced drill instructors. (If they can’t take hazing from drill instructors how are they going to deal with people who want to kill them?)