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Converse College and its president, Krista Newkirk

Student Ejected from Class for Disagreeing that Trump Winning presidency as Bad as 9/11

By Howard Portnoy

Repeat after her: The election of Donald Trump was as infamous a day for America as the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The “her” in question is a professor at Converse College, a women’s school in Spartanburg S.C. 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 last week’s election does.

The student, also unnamed, maintains she was kicked out of class for daring to disagree with the teacher’s assessment that Nov. 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…”

Read full article at Liberty Unyielding


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