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Westfield State University Investigating ‘Disturbing’ Posts on Social Media

Westfield State University Investigating ‘Disturbing’ Posts on Social Media

“The alleged posts involved a male student’s defense of police presence, directed at a female student.”

The school’s office of diversity and inclusion is assessing the case. What could go wrong?

Mass Live reports:

Westfield State University investigates ‘disturbing’ social media posts

An alleged social media exchange between students is being investigated at Westfield State University.

A message on the university’s Twitter site Thursday said the university “is assessing and addressing disturbing social media matters under appropriate policies and procedures.”

The alleged posts involved a male student’s defense of police presence, directed at a female student. The posts provoked outrage on social media, with multiple commenters calling the remarks inexcusably offensive for what they considered sexually explicit content and a cavalier tone.

On Wednesday, Westfield State President Ramon Torrecilha addressed the protests about social media posts, without directly identifying any specific cases.

“I hear you. I understand your outrage and frustration and I share your disgust and disappointment in reaction to recent deplorable exchanges on social media,” Torrecilha wrote.

“I cannot underscore enough how far away such statements stand from Westfield State’s mission and values of inclusion, diversity, and equity. Any complaints of threats or intimidation to any and all members of the campus community are taken seriously.”


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Without even a paraphrasing of the posts in question, this report is meaningless. Did the male student threaten the female? Did the male wish harm to the female or point out how vulnerable females would be without the presence of armed police to defend them?

    CorkyAgain in reply to Geologist. | June 12, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Exactly. We’re not told what actually happened except that he was defending the police presence (OMG, the horror!) and that he directed his comments toward a female (i.e., he offended a snowflake, perhaps even called her a rude name. Like, I dunno, “snowflake”.)

    What exactly was the line being crossed here?

WESTFIELD- Westfield State University officials are investigating an incident involving a male student after leaked screenshots depicting text messages from the student allegedly attempting to intimidate a woman went viral on social media.

The text messages show a conversation between the student and a woman he apparently matched with on the dating app Tinder. The two appeared to have been arguing about current events concerning police in the United States. The male student responded to the woman by saying that “cops are the reason [you’re] not raped every day.”

When the woman responded saying that he did not make any sense, he sent a reply that was interpreted by some as threatening.

“Who’s to stop someone like me from raping [you] without the cops,” said the student, “You? What would you do if I were to metaphorically rape you?” he wrote.

Westfield State University released a statement in response to the messages:

“Westfield State University was recently made aware of disturbing social media matters. We take these matters seriously, and the University’s Office of Human Resources, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity is assessing and addressing them under appropriate policies and procedures. It is important to note that the University is prohibited from discussing or disclosing information on individual student matters in adherence with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).”

The Westfield News received several messages from students and others who expressed outrage at the situation.

Looks like a snowflake idiot tried to argue for the elimination of the police and pretended to threatened when they guy pointed out that without the police there was nothing to protect her from being raped.

    CorkyAgain in reply to ConradCA. | June 13, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for providing the details.

    So, in response to his using hypothetical rape in an argument, she appeals to the authorities for protection — ironically proving his point.