CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 15, 1976
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(Studio) Special commission studying West Point cheating scandal, headed by Frank Borman, releases report today; says more cadets than those expelled caught up in it, expelled cadets should be reinstated and West Point mishandled affair.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Details of report noted. [BORMAN - says institutional problems are cause for 2nd chance for expelled cadets. Says atmosphere of army camp has crept into academy; calls it Fort Benning on Hudson.] [General Harold JOHNSON (Ret.) - says standards must be gotten back to where they belong. Says academy must remember importance of integrity.] Army Secretary Martin Hoffmann says he'll review report and decide with regard to reinstatements before change in admins.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
(West Point, New York) Borman goes to academy to present recommendations to cadets; reaction in favor of return of expelled cadets. [Cadet Bill GEMMA - says many will be good officers and 1 incident shouldn't taint record.] [Cadet Patrick ACHEY - says some should return, others stay out and cadets should decide.] Cadet Barry Breitenbach of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, waited out expulsion verdict by Pentagon at academy; is asked if he'd like to come back. [BREITENBACH - says he would come back; hopes committee 's recommendation will be accepted by Army, but notes it's only committee , not Army policy.] If expelled cadets allowed back, others will be asked to tolerate cheating, violation of honor code.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard