EXCLUSIVE: Class canceled, students excused for Kavanaugh accusers 'moment of silence'
- Mississippi State professors canceled class or excused students so that they could attend a "moment of silence" for Brett Kavanaugh accusers.
- In one case, students were even encouraged to attend the "moment of silence" or participate in the anti-Kavanaugh social media campaign.
- Campus Reform attended the "moment of silence," where more faculty members than students showed up.
At least two professors at Mississippi State University canceled class or excused students for a planned “moment of silence” for the women accusing Supreme Court justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than 30 years ago.
Multiple MSU faculty and staff members attended the silent protest, which was focused on expressing solidarity with the women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. But only a few students attended, even with the offer of being excused from class.
Faculty and staff members, most of whom wore black, held signs saying “We Believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” “#MeToo,” and “#BelieveSurvivors.”
According to an email obtained by Campus Reform, a professor teaching Sociology of Families canceled his entire class for the protest.
“THERE IS NO CLASS TODAY,” the professor's email to students states. “At 12pm on Monday, September 24th, there will be a national walkout in support of Dr. Blasey Ford and all survivors of sexual violence.”
The professor encouraged students who could not attend the protest to get involved using social media, instead.
“If you are on campus, meet on the Drill Field at noon,” the professor states in the email. “ If you aren’t able to meet with these two groups, please walk out and take a photo, posting with the tag #BelieveSurvivors.”
A separate email, which was also obtained by Campus Reform, reveals that a Comparative Government professor offered students the option of going to the protest and without being counted as absent from class.
“[Attendance at the protest] can count as an excused absence,” under the condition that students must document their “attendance at the protest (for example, sending a selfie in response to this email shortly after the conclusion of the demonstration).
Campus Reform reached out to MSU for comment but did not receive one in time for publication.
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