“My heart feels heavy as I write this.”
It’s probably a safe bet that there are lots of people in higher education who feel this way.
The College Fix reports:
Princeton dean condemns Rittenhouse verdict: ‘sets a dangerous precedent’
The dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs sent an email to students and others that condemned the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, saying it “sets a dangerous precedent.”
The email, with the subject line “Our Moral Duty (Sent on behalf of Dean Amaney Jamal),” was sent Saturday, the day after Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges after shooting three protesters during rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.
The decision was made by a jury, but Jamal, in her email, called it a “ruling.”
“I fail to comprehend the idea of a minor vigilante carrying a semi-automatic rifle across state lines, killing two people, and being declared innocent by the U.S. justice system. Yesterday’s ruling sets a dangerous precedent,” the dean wrote in her email, sent to the entire Princeton School of Public and International Affairs listserv.
The message was first reported by Newsmax. Writing for Newsmax, Paul du Quenoy argues the dean (pictured) appears to be ignorant of Constitutional rights: “Is she aware that U.S. citizens do, in fact, have the right to keep and bear arms, and to defend themselves and others with deadly force in a plethora of circumstances, particularly when they are violently attacked?”
The dean’s email, a copy of which was provided to The College Fix by du Quenoy, stated in full:
Dear SPIA community,
Last August, Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two protestors and wounded a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During his trial, he emotionally broke down on the stand, saying he was acting in self-defense. Today, he was acquitted of all six charges against him, including three of which were homicide related.
My heart feels heavy as I write this. As dean of a School of Public and International Affairs, I believe people have a right to assembly. I also believe that, during events like the protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake, it is the job of formal law enforcement bodies — not individual citizens —to ensure public safety. I fail to comprehend the idea of a minor vigilante carrying a semi-automatic rifle across state lines, killing two people, and being declared innocent by the U.S. justice system. Yesterday’s ruling sets a dangerous precedent.
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