Thursday, October 16, 2014

On Campus

Today’s Lesson

“An email to Utah State University threatened "the deadliest school shooting in American history" if the school did not cancel a lecture by a well-known feminist writer and video game critic Anita Sarkeesian.” —Salt Lake Tribune

Logan—Utah State University students protested the cancellation of a feminist video game critic’s speech Wednesday. But they don’t blame video blogger Anita Sarkeesian for bowing out.

Instead, they criticized the anonymous emailer who threatened their campus with mayhem.

“This is an academic institution,” said biology student Geoff Smith. “Without a free exchange of ideas, we don’t have anything. So for that to be silenced or quashed or anything like that, it’s wrong."

—Benjamin Wood, reporter, “USU students, faculty protest terrorist threats against critic of video games,” The Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 15, 2014 
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Editorial Comment: A teachable moment as vile threats wake up a university.

• “Terror threat against feminist Anita Sarkeesian at USU,” The Ogden Standard Examiner
“FBI hunts emailer who made death threat against USU speaker,” Salt Lake Tribune
• “Anita Sarkeesian cancels Utah State speech after mass-shooting threat,” LA Times

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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1 comment:

  1. The Rule of Law is supposed to protect the general population from unlawful violence. But here is a case where the idiotic laws on the books enable and empower the offender who levels a violent terroristic threat, while utterly failing to protect the general public.