Student ‘given opportunity to leave class’ for disagreeing that Trump win as bad as 9/11

Converse college leave class Trump 9/11
Converse College and its president, Krista Newkirk (Image: Converse.edu)

Repeat after her: The historic election of President-elect Donald Trump was as infamous a day for America as the terrorist attacks of 9/11 that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people.

The “her” in question is an unnamed professor at Converse College, a women’s school in Spartanburg, South Carolina. For some reason, the instructor’s name does not appear in an article at The College Fix, but a description of her absurd — and absurdly jaundiced — reaction to this month’s election does.

The student, also unnamed, says she was kicked out of class for daring to disagree with the teacher’s assessment that November 9 was “the second worst day in American history.” The student told The Fix, “I have never been so disgusted in my life.”

After the story broke, the administration released a statement rejecting the coed’s claim she had been given the boot:

An article was recently posted online claiming a Converse student was ejected from class after expressing a political viewpoint in opposition to her faculty member. The faculty member and student involved have asked Converse to convey that this claim is untrue and to clarify the situation. The student was not removed from class. There was a discussion in the class regarding the outcome of the election in which the faculty member and the student disagreed. The student was given the opportunity to leave class and she chose to do so. Both parties have resolved the situation to their full satisfaction, and the professor has apologized to the student as well as to the other members of the class.

Converse College strongly supports civil discussion of different perspectives among all of its community members. In any case where we discover that this principle has been violated, Converse has and will continue to take appropriate action.  In an address to the full faculty and staff this week, President Newkirk reiterated the College’s policy on academic freedom and added, “I urge you to be careful about stating your personal political views in the classroom and potentially creating an environment where the students believe that there is only one right opinion, or only one right opinion on our campus or in your class.  We must be open to other points of view and allow students to explore these issues in the public discourse.”

Ah, that settles it! So the young woman wasn’t really ejected, ejected. She was merely “given the opportunity to leave class.”  And here I would think a student choosing to leave a classroom for whatever reason wouldn’t need permission. The acknowledgment that the teacher apologized further suggests administrators are trying to whitewash the professor’s silly and petulant actions.

If you’re still not persuaded that the lunatics are running the asylum at Converse, the reaction of President Krista Newkirk to Hillary Clinton’s loss might lend some perspective:

I am sad that once again our young girls and women have failed to see the shattering of that glass ceiling and the first female president of the United States.

Newkirk clarified that he statement, which she made in writing to the entire student boy, wasn’t “partisan.” If she says so.



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