A group of students wearing black clothes and masks took over a class taught by the head of Stanford Law School in opposition to her apology to US Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan.
The judge had faced verbal abuse from the students during a previous incident. Upon returning to teaching, Dean Jenny Martinez discovered that her classroom had been vandalized with signs, according to photos obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
“Counter-speech is free speech,” argued many of the fliers — a claim that was printed on most of the students’ masks, the outlet said.
“We have free speech rights too,” read another, while a third demanded an apology.
According to students, at the conclusion of her class, nearly all of the 60 students in Martinez’s class remained silent and looked at her, indicating that they too felt silenced. Only a small number of students did not participate in the silent protest.
The report states that many other students created a pathway from Martinez’s classroom to the building’s exit by standing in a line, but some students who did not participate in this action felt excluded and complained about being left out. The number of students who formed the human corridor is not specified.
Luke Schumacher, a first-year student, informed the Free Beacon that he felt pressured to wear black and join the protests, as students who did not participate were given strange looks. Schumacher added that the atmosphere did not feel inclusive or welcoming, despite the claims made by the DEI office.
Another student, who preferred to remain anonymous to avoid retaliation, described the situation as “eerie.” The student recounted how the protesters remained silent and stared at those who chose not to join the demonstration, including the dean. The student suggested that a similar silent protest would have been more appropriate for Judge Duncan, who was prevented from speaking.
The judge, Stuart Kyle Duncan, criticized the initial protest against him, which occurred last Thursday, as “deeply uncivil behavior” and referred to the protesters as “hypocrites,” “idiots,” and “bullies.” The protest took place during Duncan’s talk to Stanford Law School students and was joined by Tirien Steinbach, the university’s dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Steinbach interrupted Duncan’s speech and stated that his work had caused harm to many people at the university. Martinez and Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavigne later issued an apology to Duncan, acknowledging that the protest went against the university’s policies on free speech, including the “disruption policy” that prohibits “heckling or other forms of interruption” at such events.
In their statement, the authors of the apology did not explicitly name Steinbach. However, they criticized “staff members” who failed to uphold university policies and instead interfered in ways that did not align with the university’s commitment to free speech.
Despite the widespread disapproval of the protest, at least three student groups criticized the law school for apologizing, as reported by the Free Beacon. The Stanford National Lawyers Guild expressed disappointment with the apology and claimed that it had unfairly placed blame on “capable and compassionate administrators.”
The law school’s Immigration & Human Rights Law Association also claimed that the apology “only made this situation worse.”
Stanford Law School’s chapter of the American Constitution Society also accused the letter of making Duncan out to be “a victim, when in fact he himself had made civil dialogue impossible.”
Martinez did not respond to a request for comment on the latest protest, the outlet said.
THE FUTURE??? IF IT IS WE HAVE LOST AMERICA!! THERE SHOULD BE NO FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ANY COLLEGE OR SCHOOLING AFTER THE 12TH GRADE!!
It’s OK if they destroy and murder… they’re liberal woke Democrats…
Every student that participated in any way, shape or form, including just standing and looking at her should be immediately expelled. End of discussion. They are there to learn, not destory, vandalize, or protest anything. I protest their protesting and I pay taxes to have a nation under control. These same people will run and scream when the left goes communistic, as it is headed, and all their rights and privileges are removed then they are assigned a job to do no matter if they like it or not.
THIS IS WHAT OUR COUNTRY HAS RAISED. LITTLE IDIOTS THAT EXPECT EVERYONE TO AGREE WITH THEIR SICK THINKING. THEY SHOULD BE THROWN OUT OF CLASSES. AND THEN GET A FLIGHT TO COMMUNIST RUSSIA AND LIVE THERE.
Find – with DNA, however – as many of these lawless hoodlums as possible and expel them from school, and the law needs to charge and prosecute for any damage, anything at all illegal to the full extent of the law. We got started allowing this sort of behavior and then morphed into full scale riots at which mayors and/or governors told the Police Officers to Stand Down, until now we are an outlaw nation. This is unforgiveable behavior from students who have the good fortune to be attending what WAS one of the premier schools in the nation. Shame on adults acting worse than children – we’ve gotten to the place that children would actually be disciplined and STOPPED from behaving like brats, but adults are allowed to terrorize everyone else for any perceived excuse!!! PUT A STOP TO THIS . . . NOW!
Expel all who participated and bar them from reenrollment. No passing grades no degrees. Just a lot of wasted time and money for stupid actions. Maybe they will learn from that.
I doubt anyone of them will take responsibility and only point fingers at each other. All of them are living in fantasy worlds and have been taught to to be Narcists. I agree kick them out with no return privileges. Let them start over someplace else. Making them feel the pain monetarily and in lost time is the only way they will learn that actions have ramifications they might not like.