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Nancy Mace fires back at Shannon Faulkner after Saturday event at The Citadel

Shannon Faulkner returned to The Citadel to speak about her friendship with author Pat Conroy. (Source: Live 5) Shannon Faulkner returned to The Citadel to speak about her friendship with author Pat Conroy. (Source: Live 5)
Nancy Mace, the first graduate of The Citadel. (Source: Nancy Mace campaign) Nancy Mace, the first graduate of The Citadel. (Source: Nancy Mace campaign)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Shannon Faulkner walked onto The Citadel campus Saturday for the first time in 13 years Saturday. This time, she was an invited guest to speak on the life of Citadel graduate Pat Conroy. 

She became the first woman to join the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel in 1995. She was admitted to the college in 1993 after she did not indicate her gender on her application, but didn't graduate from the school. 

Nancy Mace came after Faulkner, but Mace was the first woman to officially graduate from the school in 1999. She recently won the District 99 seat in the statehouse. 

Mace also had some choice words for Faulkner in a Facebook post. 

“She doesn’t wear The Ring because she didn’t earn it. And she sure as hell ain’t my mother. That’s an insult to my mother. And in the hearts of most #Citadel graduates — she’s not alumni. There is no edification or achievement in her failure. And I’m not even going into the revisionist history here but the school admitted Women after VMI lost its battle in the Supreme Court. And no Shannon Faulkner, I wasn’t, in your words, “invited” to attend The Citadel. I had to apply and gain legitimate acceptance under their rules. And when I got in, I graduated, even with the threats on my life and my family. You and your attorneys leaked my name to the press in open court, at a moment in time when I was trying to get my life together for the better. I’ll never forget that day or what it felt like to lose all right to privacy. Lastly, I’ve never met Faulkner, never spoken to her, she’s never even reached out except to make asinine comments in the press. 25 years later and she’s still self-aggrandizing, trying to take credit for the success of others. Why does she think she can assume credit for my and others success where she failed? She can’t even begin to comprehend what myself and hundreds of other women went through to earn the ring. We wear the ring because we earned it.”

Faulkner, who is now an educator in Greenville County explained Saturday she has no negative feelings toward the school, and she considers herself a part of The Citadel family. 

Faulkner said her decision to reconcile with the school was largely due to Conroy's influence.

"It was actually one of his last requests, was that I make peace with the school," Faulkner said.

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