A racket? Washington U cancels classes over phoned-in “hate speech”

No, no, not a riot or anything. This:

After a racist thread on social media sparked outrage on a quiet Washington state campus, college officials sent students home a day early for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Western Washington University sent out an alert cancelling classes and an email to students just after 6 a.m. Tuesday from President Bruce Shepard. It is unknown if the people who posted the threats are students at the state university in Bellingham, but the posts were made from a phone located within 10 miles of campus, Shepard said. More.

Near the intercity bus station, five minutes before boarding?

Reality check: How many of these home-early, feeling-scared students are STEM undergrads babysitting an experiment? Or finagling precious time on a really powerful computer to run some sims? Or observation time at a telescope?

The main thing to see here is that most of them are probably not doing anything that would be missed, now or ever. Otherwise, they would likely tough it out.

See also: Applause is a “trigger,” now shunned on campus? In favour of discreet snapping.


Harvard Law School hate crime a probable hoax? Like so many others?

  • The Butterfly

    Do the students know how much they’re paying for those cancelled classes?

    • canminuteman

      If the classes weren’t cancelled most students would only skip them or sleep through them anyway.

      • BillyHW

        It’s true.

  • tom_billesley
  • ontario john

    In a similar vein regarding our victim society, an Inuit group is demanding that the Edmonton Eskimos change their name. I suggest the “Edmonton Imperialist White Colonial Bastards”

    • Minicapt

      First, the Inuit must change their self-selected appellation to something which does not translate to “The People”.


    • tom_billesley
      • V10_Rob

        Fair enough. They can culturally unappropriate snowmobiles.

    • canminuteman

      That probably wouldn’t be appropriate. I don’t know because I have no interest in football, but I suspect most of the players are black. How about calling them ” Edmonton overseers and cotton pickers”

    • BillyHW

      Nobody told the Alaskan Eskimos that they are supposed to be offended by the name yet.

    • Alain

      Since the Inuit reject the name Eskimo, they have nothing to complain about.

  • Brenda

    This was probably a cleverly contrived ploy by staff to add an extra day to their long weekend.
    I know their tricks.

  • Phoney

    Phoney S.O.B.s

  • Exile1981

    Sending the asshats home early stopped the preplanned riots as no one would be there to show up.