“This will not be tolerated”
What are the police going to do? Arrest people? Write tickets? And who decides what qualifies as hate speech? It doesn’t sound like they thought this through very thoroughly.
Campus Reform reports:
College tells students to report ‘hate speech’ to police
The president of Santa Monica College is urging students who witness “hate speech” to file a report with campus police.
“Reaffirming SMC’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion” was emailed to all students and staff on May 3 after an unknown “outside visitor brought hate speech onto one of Santa Monica College’s campuses.”
“This will not be tolerated,” writes President Kathryn E. Jeffries. “If you are the target of hate speech or witness it, you should immediately contact the Santa Monica College Police Department at (310) 434-4300 or submit an anonymous report to campus police.”
The email also encouraged students “not to engage with the individual causing such an incident,” instead referring them to the school’s crime reporting form, which allows students to anonymously claim incidents such as theft and assault.
Notably, a drop-down list to select the “type of crime being reported” does not include a category for “hate speech,” asking students to briefly describe the incident if it does not fall under the categories of “theft,” “vandalism,” “assault,” or “drug offense.”
Reached by Campus Reform, SMC spokeswoman Grace Smith explained that reporting hate speech is important because incidents of bias are “considered a serious breach of community expectations, and need to be reported to allow for appropriate investigation.”
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