Snowflake Protesters Complain of Being Traumatized by Consequences

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

They trespass, interrupt, and make demands, but when resisted by authority snowflake protesters melt.

Millennials may be tired of being called “snowflakes,” but if they act like these snowflake protesters did when they got in trouble, then the name is going to stick. Complaining about trauma and claiming your mental health is at stake isn’t very impressive. I don’t remember Dr. Martin Luther King or Malcom X making such complaints.

And complaining that the university staff are adults “whose job is to care for us” is infantile. Most college students ARE adults! Their job is to take care of themselves.

Reason Magazine reports, “Duke Students Who Hijacked Alumni Event: Punishing Us Would Hurt Us Mentally.”

Two dozen student activists crashed an alumni event at Duke University on Saturday, using a megaphone to make their demands and drown out the speaker, Duke President Vincent Price. The students were surprised to discover that their interruption had irritated many alumni in the audience, some of whom heckled the activists and turned their backs while the demands were read.

Now Duke’s administration is considering whether to discipline the students, whose behavior unquestionably violates university policy. That doesn’t sit well with them: Protest leader Gino Nuzzolillo accused administrators of aggravating the mental health problems of student activists. […]

The protest happened during an alumni event reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Silent Vigil at Duke, a series of student-led sit-ins on campus. Nuzzolillo and his comrades sought to channel the spirit of the Silent Vigil, although their protest was anything but silent. About 25 students stormed the stage inside Page Auditorium while Price was speaking and chanted, “President Price get off the stage,” and “Whose university? Our university,” until they had command of the room. Then they read a list of demands, which included raising the university’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, hiring more faculty members of color, and spending more money on counseling services.

In an interview, one of the student protesters told the Duke University paper, The Chronicle:

With all this happening and then the student conduct process going, while the energy has been high and people have been doing work, for many students—because we have freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors—for many of the folks who haven’t done this before, having student conduct send you a letter is somewhat traumatizing. That, coupled with having some old white people yell ridiculous things at your face. In terms of adults who have reached out to us, whose job is to care for us, they just haven’t, and so we’ve been holding each other up. And then the statements of solidarity from other folks are keeping us going.

Also Gino Nuzzolillo, the student leader mentioned above, complained:

I think we are particularly concerned that the University knows that by sending these conduct letters out that they will be concerning the students and that they will be exacerbating any preexisting mental health conditions and, like Bryce said, traumatizing and starting new ones, especially after Saturday’s issues. I think that among the many things that we share in common with the administration, the number one thing is that we all want to see this University be better and be more accommodating and make changes. We’re not sure why they’re not taking that approach too and reaching out to us in good faith rather than initiating a conduct process.

What about adults who were traumatized by the protesters?

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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