Aggies upset with Fish Camp counselors who took photos at the Bonfire Memorial

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POSTED: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 3:32pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 7:27am

Other than maybe Kyle Field and the Memorial Student Center, there is no other place on A&M's campus more sacred than the Bonfire Memorial; the site where 12 Aggies were tragically killed when the bonfire collapsed in 1999.

"You're supposed to respect the people, you're supposed to respect loss," said Aggie Justin Griffin. "It means a lot to the people that all witnessed it and it means a lot to the Aggie family for losing our family members."

Recently a group of Fish Camp counselors went to the memorial to take pictures. In them you can see the counselors posing suggestively in the portals.

Those photos first surfaced on the TexAgs website Thursday and now the group is in hot water.

Fish Camp counselors are supposed to teach the incoming freshmen about A&M's traditions, history and what it truly means to be an Aggie. That's why so many are upset with the photos they took at the memorial.

"I think it was disrespectful and immature on their part just because them, as Aggies, understand what the memorial means to us," said Jaclyn Villarreal. 

The head director of Fish Camp released a statement reading in part, "I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the unfortunate and inappropriate photographs.. I know there was no ill-intent or disrespect intended to the memories of the 12 Aggies who are memorialized at this site."

The director goes on to say the organization will use this incident as a learning experience.

He plans to reach out directly to the 12 families to express his regrets.

To read the full statement from the head director, click here.

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I know everyone makes mistakes BUT it is hard to believe that these individuals were the best and brightest choice for fish camp leaders. They put thought into all of them wearing white and denim but weren't thinking about if these pictures were appropriate. This should be used as a teaching tool to stop others from making the same mistake. These students SHOULD NOT at the present time be put in the position of leading others.

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