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He captained his high school track team, ran on a Junior Olympics relay team and belonged to the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor group.
Kwateng knew about the Academy from his brother, Andrew, who'd been recruited while attending high school in Georgia by AFA head football coach Troy Calhoun. After a barrage of criticism during and after basic training, Academy leaders accused him of being mentally ill and twice incarcerated him at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson. There, he was labeled depressed and schizophrenic and forced to take anti-psychotic drugs.
After missing weeks of classes during his hospitalizations, Kwateng was ousted from the Academy last November due to his mental condition — psychosis, according to the Academy, despite little evidence. Moreover, the Academy alleged his condition predated his arrival there — a contention Kwateng says is a lie. They just wanted to find an easier way to kick me out, to say, 'Oh, he's a mental case.
It also refused to release any of his records, despite his authorized release. Nor would the Academy discuss its apparently routine practice of sending cadets to Evans' in-patient mental health ward, as witnessed by Kwateng, who reports seeing cadets admitted for depression after being sexually assaulted, as well as other alleged mental disorders.
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All of which raises questions about admissions screening procedures — another thing the Academy wouldn't discuss beyond a checklist of admissions requirements. Military Academy in West Point, New York, does screen for mental defects and bars admission of anyone showing signs of a mental disorder. The Naval Academy does the same. Kwateng has appealed his dismissal, but it's a long shot.
Meantime, he enrolled at Georgia State University last semester and earned a straight-A average in courses toward his degree in biochemistry. Kwateng says he wasn't familiar with the military world before coming to the Academy, so he admits he didn't understand how to salute properly, and acknowledges the Academy's regimented atmosphere was foreign to him.
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Within weeks of entering basic training, he found himself being criticized for everything, it seemed, including how he chewed his food. They stand you out in the hallway.
You learn to stand at attention," he says. You don't know any of these people. They are expecting a bunch of things from you, and you don't know all the stuff to do yet. It didn't help that while running on the terrazzo, a doolie in front of him tripped and his rifle jammed into Kwateng's knee.
He was then accused of not really being injured, because he waited a few days. Little things piled up. When he disagreed, "They said, 'Are you calling your cadre a liar? A cadet leader told his squadron, "You guys aren't even slaves yet. You're less than slaves. Don't expect anything better for the year. I told them there weren't enough black people. I didn't feel comfortable. They didn't care about my issue. After that, he was constantly hounded with remarks such as, "You don't want to be part of this squadron," "You won't make it through the school year," and "You're always screwing up.
Another said he believed Kwateng was "an achilles heel for the flight and that he is detrimental to their goal of trying to be a family. At the parade to end basic training, Kwateng wasn't allowed to participate because the Academy said he hadn't completed the training satisfactorily. After the parade, cadets had two hours to spend with their families. Kwateng wanted to be with his brother, Andrew, a sophomore cadet, but wasn't allowed.
When his brother tried to intervene so the two could be together, Andrew suffered retribution, Jonathan says, and was disenrolled shortly after. More on this later. But Jonathan wasn't disenrolled. Rather, as the fall semester began, he underwent a series of evaluations in which Academy officials considered him for disenrollment but decided to place him on probation.
This status brought new requirements — meetings with his air officer commanding and other mentors, as well as keeping a journal. She had a friend who manipulated her and forced sex on her. She told the Air Force, and the Academy put her into the psychiatric ward. After Kwateng returned to the Academy a week later, he had a lot of catching up to do.
Missing classes had put him behind in classwork, though by October his grade-point average was 3. He says he was forcibly removed from his dorm room. That time, he was forced to stay two weeks. During his stay, he was prescribed fluoxetine and olanzapine. The first is an antidepressant used to treat major depression, panic, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to Drugs.
Side effects can include insomnia, strange dreams, panic attacks, anxiety, weakness, mood and behavior changes, and suicidal thoughts. Olanzapine, used to treat psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, can cause dizziness, light-headedness or fainting. Hot weather and exercise can increase these effects. While taking the drugs and trapped in Evans' psych ward, Kwateng says he had to respond without legal counsel to the Academy Physical Evaluation Board's findings that he suffered from mental defects.
An attorney assigned to him was on vacation and no substitute was provided, he says. Meantime, two doctors at Evans found no evidence of mental defect and wanted to return him to the Academy in late October, but the Academy wouldn't allow it, Kwateng says. Only when the Academy had his discharge papers prepared did Kwateng return to the Academy — just as a civilian lawyer hired by his father was heading for Fort Carson to visit him. Kwateng was discharged but today says he never has suffered from a mental illness, although the Academy contended there were signs of his defect prior to admission.
During an interview with the Indy last Nov.
Still groggy from medication, he was nonresponsive and barely could keep his eyes open. So his father, Kwaku, who had come to visit him at Evans but ended up taking him home to Georgia, did most of the talking. In the morning he's sleeping. In the afternoon he's sleeping. I could tell on the phone he wasn't OK.
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Rather, Jonathan called his brother, who then called their parents. The second time, the Academy notified Jonathan's mom as he was being taken to Evans. The Academy's version is contained in several documents provided to the Indy by the Kwateng family. Placed on aptitude probation and facing potential disenrollment for having a bad attitude during basic training, Kwateng was taken to Evans "for suicidal ideation after reports of problems focusing in school and increased withdrawal and depression.
After that, he had five encounters at the Academy clinic "where he has demonstrated bizarre thought content and delusional thinking. An analysis, though not completed, showed he had "elevated schizohrenia scores.
The report cited a diagnosis of schizophrenia, noting the condition has "persisted or been in the prodromal [early] stage for greater than one year But now we learn that Cadet Mike Sutton, a senior, is the happy expectant father of a child to be born in December to Amanda Williams, the daughter of former Commandant of Cadets Brig. Stephen Williams, a Academy graduate. Amanda Williams herself announced this on Instagramour emphasis added: Mike and I are proud to announce that there will be 10 little fingers and 10 little toes being added to our family of 5.
Yes, it's true there is a little baby growing inside my belly due to make its appearance in December. While this baby was not planned that does not mean it is anything less than a beautiful miracle.
We couldn't be more excited and blessed with this little gift from God. We do, however, need to make something clear early on. We are being proactive and meeting all necessary legal requirements to ensure Mike remains a cadet at the Academy which is why it has taken us so long to finally come public with this exciting news.
But this is a time to celebrate a beautiful baby who we are so excited to meet in December! Thank you all in advance for your love and support.United States Air Force Academy - Basic Cadet Training Class of 2020
If you wish to help in any way please don't hesitate to reach out to us, I know Mike and I will really need it as we face this brand new unexpected adventure. For the record, cadets are required to live on the base. There's no mention of Sutton leaving the Academy.