When It Happens in Your Place, to Your People: Campus Violence and Disruption

Midd Life Vermont


“BOSTON — Hundreds of students at Middlebury College in Vermont shouted down a controversial speaker on Thursday night, disrupting a program and confronting the speaker in an encounter that turned violent and left a faculty member injured.”

The New York Times has some coverage of this disappointing event you can read here. The Washington Post headline is even more pointed, and you can read that here.  I don’t want to write about what happened. I need to write about how it has made me feel.

Some Middlebury College students shut down a campus speaker with whom they had deep divisions and disagreements. When things turned ugly and one of the most respected professors on campus (she was helping to live-stream the talk and to assist the speaker) was physically attacked and injured, it must have been outsiders.

That is not how our students behave.

They would never

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