This is a post mainly to acknowledge that, yes, something is going on at The Citadel, and it’s not good. It’s very bad, in fact. Just how bad? Well, that’s what I don’t know. Not yet. I don’t think anyone — at least, not anyone outside of a very small group of people — knows for sure.
Because I don’t know, I’m not going to say much about it here right now. There will be plenty of time (and space) for me to comment once most, if not all, of the information concerning the arrest of Miguel Starks is made available, including any and all ancillary issues. You can believe I will have something to say at that time, and I’m not going to be holding back, either.
For the time being, however, I’ll leave most of the commentary to those common plagues of the internet, the message board troll and the online newspaper commenter. One of the things that happens in the immediate aftermath of an event like this is that various insects of an allegedly human origin begin to crawl out of the woodwork. This is particularly true when it involves an institution like The Citadel. The college has many more admirers than detractors, but the detractors tend to be both loud and remarkably angry.
Of course, comments on newspaper articles are easily ignored (and The Post and Courier has currently disabled comments for stories concerning Starks). It can be harder sometimes to avoid the message board trolls.
For example, at http://www.thelordsofdiscipline.net/ there have been several debut posters over the last 24 hours. Some of these new posters appear to be current cadets or recent graduates who have pertinent information to disclose, but I suspect a couple of them are trolling frauds. It’s almost impossible to say for certain who is “real”, though, at least for a short while.
That’s why it’s best not to draw conclusions from unverifiable sources, of course. Rumors are just that — rumors.
I’m going to wait and see how this situation plays out, and I would suggest others do the same. I’ll close by saying this, though — there are recruiting mistakes, and then there are recruiting mistakes.