Third Parris Island Marine Recruit Hospitalized After Falling Off Building
The third Parris Island Marine Recruit in a little over a year has been hospitalized after falling off a building – or jumping. This recruit fell or jumped one day after he arrived. His name has not been released.
A recruit assigned to Support Battalion at Parris Island’s Recruit Training Regiment fell from the roof of a one-story building and was transported to an off-site medical facility, said Capt. Adam Flores, a spokesman for the depot.
The recruit had arrived at Parris Island just the day before and was undergoing initial processing requirements when the incident occurred. Recruits are assigned to Support Battalion prior to beginning training at one of the depot’s four recruit training battalions.
The recruit’s condition is unknown. He was airlifted to a medical facility in Savannah, Georgia.
In 2016, two recruits were fell or jumped off buildings. The most well known case was Muslim recruit Raheel Siddiqui, who died in March, 2016. His death prompted an investigation that revealed accusations of hazing and abuse by Drill Instructors. High profile removals of officers, and criminal charges for some of the DIs ensued.
Siddiqui’s death was ruled a suicide, a finding which the family disputes. The investigation revealed other claims of abuse, such as another Muslim recruit being thrown in an industrial dryer and interrogated.
Siddiqui’s primary Drill Instructor, GySgt Joseph Felix, is set for trial on charges of cruelty, maltreatment, and drunk and disorderly conduct this fall.
In October last year, Kristian Gashaj jumped from the second story of a building while he was being escorted to a classroom, according to the Marine Corps Times. He remains in a coma at a long-term medical facility in Michigan.