Would they do the same for suspensions for pro-2A or pro-Life protest suspensions?
Few things make me as simultaneously sad and frustrated as what is happening to higher education in this country. In an apparent effort to boost the number of anti-Second Amendment high school walkouts, colleges and universities are now announcing that suspensions for anti-gun protests won’t harm their chance of admission.
It’s not difficult to understand from these announcements that such suspensions would actually make the applicant more attractive to these very institutes of higher learning. In this socio-cultural climate, nothing says “top admissions candidate” like a proven record of social justice agitation and protest.
High school protests, walkouts, and a march on Washington are being planned for the coming weeks.
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Apparently, reports swiftly circulated of school officials reminding students that skipping school carries a penalty: suspension.
In the Needville Independent School District just outside Houston, Texas, the superintendent reportedly sent out letters threatening three-day suspensions for any student who joins in on walkouts.
“Life is all about choices and every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative,” Superintendent Curtis Rhodes said. “We will discipline no matter if it is 1, 50, or 500 students involved. All will be suspended for three days and parent notes will not alleviate the discipline.”
The Spring Independent School District, also in the Houston area, and the Waukesha County School District in Wisconsin issued similar warnings. (The Waukesha superintendent later made another statement saying students could participate if they were excused from class by their parents.)
This kicked off a trend—over 100 colleges and universities across the country have made similar statements–of colleges and universities assuring students that their high school suspensions for gun control advocacy would not affect their admissions.
Colleges across the country, including the D.C. area, are releasing statements to reassure students that if they are penalized for participating in gun control demonstrations, it won’t jeopardize their chances of enrollment.
George Washington University, American, UVA, and Johns Hopkins have put out statements on social media addressing concerns from students about backlash for their activism.
GW supports a student's right to advocate. If you are disciplined or suspended by your school as a consequence of peacefully & lawfully exercising your right to protest, such measures will have no effect upon your admissions decision. Full statement: https://t.co/ohugbf4MD7
— GW Admissions (@GWAdmissions) February 23, 2018
Fox5 DC continues that other universities are joining in:
American University stands by prospective students engaged in peaceful and lawful protest. No student who is admitted or has a pending application will be affected by disciplinary actions arising from their right to protest.
— AmericanU Admissions (@AUAdmission) February 24, 2018
Hopkins values students who engage in peaceful + productive civic engagement. Our undergrad admissions office supports students who take respectful action, and your admission will not be negatively impacted if you are disciplined for expressing yourself in a peaceful way.
— Johns Hopkins University (@JohnsHopkins) February 24, 2018
— Jeannine Lalonde (@UVaDeanJ) February 23, 2018
They join dozens of other universities and colleges including Yale, MIT, Dartmouth, Boston U, UMass Amherst, UCLA, as well as Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges who have reassured high school students facing the threat of disciplinary action for taking part in gun control protests.
Here at @Yale, we are proud to support all students for participating in peaceful walkouts for gun control or other causes, and we will not rescind admissions decisions for students who do so regardless of any school’s disciplinary policy. Read more here:https://t.co/dX863n8v1K pic.twitter.com/Zixpoj3L1P
— Yale Admissions (@YaleUGA) February 24, 2018
We will not penalize students for standing up for what they believe in or for making opinions known through… https://t.co/bG2qRB1Hiz
— Tulane Admission (@TulaneAdmission) February 22, 2018
Dartmouth supports active citizenship and applauds students’ expression of their beliefs. pic.twitter.com/TlcKcQIxQ1
— Dartmouth (@dartmouth) February 23, 2018
We want to reassure students who have applied or have been admitted to Northeastern University that disciplinary actions associated with participation in peaceful protests will not jeopardize your admission.
— Northeastern U. (@Northeastern) February 23, 2018
Brandeis supports students' right to stand up for their beliefs. Those who participate in peaceful protests will not jeopardize their admission to Brandeis. Speak up, speak out.
— Brandeis University (@BrandeisU) February 23, 2018
As the prof tweets, Brown has also joined in.
Fixed: if applicants agree with us on gun control they will be treated fairly. (Silence on those who protest in favor of 2nd Amendment rights) https://t.co/cnOSNf670z
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) February 24, 2018
And that’s the rub, of course. These colleges and universities wouldn’t dream of offering the same exemption to high schoolers who protest abortion, gun control, or any other non-leftist cause.DONATE
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