Oberlin College Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Subjected to Disciplinary Hearings for Defending Women’s Sports
“I was burned at the stake. I was stoned. I was basically told I was a horrible person, and it was heartbreaking, really.”
Kim Russell is the head coach of Women’s lacrosse at Oberlin College. In March, she shared a post on social media congratulating the female swimmer who came in second to trans swimmer Lia Thomas in a race. The post described the runner-up as the ‘real’ female winner.
One of her own players at Oberlin shared this information with Russell’s bosses, and what followed was a stream of ‘meetings’ at which Russell was demeaned and harassed. The school also wanted to her to write apology letters to the students and the department, which she refused to do.
The Independent Women’s Forum is sharing her story:
Oberlin College Administrators Caught On Secret Recording Reprimanding Head Lacrosse Coach For Defending Women’s Sports
As part of its female athlete storytelling series, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) broke the story of Kim Russell, the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Oberlin College, in an exclusive documentary that exposes Oberlin administrators and athletic department executive staff ridiculing and reprimanding her for sharing a social media post in support of women’s sports and female athletes. Russell describes the experience as being “burned at the stake.”
To tell her story, Russell sought out Independent Women’s Forum, which has been at the forefront of the fight to save women’s sports and counter the radical agenda that seeks to erase women. In breaking her silence, Russell shared secret audio recordings from meetings with Oberlin staff and members of her own team who demeaned and barraged her simply for her opinion — one that she shares with nearly 70% of Americans — that men shouldn’t participate in women’s sports.
In a documentary IWF produced telling her story, Russell talks about loving her lacrosse student-athletes as her own children. But following an Instagram post where Russell congratulated swimming star Emma Weyant for being the “real winner” of the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA championships in 2022 after she officially came in second behind UPenn’s Lia Thomas, one of her own lacrosse players reported Russell’s post to Oberlin’s athletic director. The report triggered a series of lengthy disciplinary meetings and a full-fledged character assassination campaign against her involving Oberlin faculty and the women’s lacrosse team.
This was a prosecution for wrongthink, plain and simple.
From the IWF:
In Kim Russell’s memory, the room had dark energy. Chairs were set up in a circle, and she was at the epicenter. For nearly two hours, Russell, who has been Oberlin College’s head women’s lacrosse coach for five years, recalled feeling critiqued, crushed, and degraded by the condescending and censorious voices of colleagues, players, and friends.
This was one of a series of disciplinary meetings Oberlin College staff subjected Russell to after a post she shared on her personal Instagram account upset students and staff. The post congratulated Emma Weyant, now an Olympian swimmer, who had her first-place podium spot at the 2022 NCAA swimming championships taken from her by transgender-identifying swimmer Lia Thomas.
To protect herself, Russell recorded each meeting, which she believes she was legally entitled to do. Under Ohio law, it is legal to record oral conversations with only one-party consent.
“I was not just chastised,” Russell began, recounting what took place in an interview with Independent Women’s Forum. “I was burned at the stake. I was stoned. I was basically told I was a horrible person, and it was heartbreaking, really.”
Watch the whole video below, this is truly stunning:
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