A Probe that Snowballed

It started last December with a snowball fight; by last week it had blown into multiple investigations into how women and plebes are treated at the U.S. Naval Academy. After Midshipman Gwen Dreyer hit a male student in the face with a well-aimed snowball, he and some buddies retaliated by handcuffing her to a urinal and photographing her in that humiliating situation. No one, including Dreyer, reported the incident, but when her father complained, Dreyer, who had previously talked of enrolling at Caltech, quit the academy.

In the resulting furor, other abuses came to light: a midshipman had been bound and...

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