When Schools Have The Power To Decide That Student Questions Are Unworthy Of Free Speech Protection

Indoctrination includes a mechanism that gaslights others into carrying the preferred message by either making people feel crazy or threatening to label someone as crazy if they do not comply and submit.  Education in America is now in full-blown indoctrination in our highest institutions, including in medical school. Consider the case of a medical student who was not allowed to ask for clarifications and was labeled mentally ill.

 

“A federal judge is letting a former University of Virginia medical student move ahead with his free-speech lawsuit against school officials who suspended him after he asked pointed questions at a panel about microaggressions,” The AP reported Tuesday.

School officials had asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit brought by student Kieran Bhattacharya, saying the questions he asked during a 2018 faculty-led panel were offensive and unworthy of free-speech protections.

But U.S. District Judge Norman Moon sided with Bhattacharya. He ruled that the questions Bhattacharya asked during the question-and-answer session were pointed but academic in nature.

A faculty member issued a “professionalism concern card” against Bhattacharya after his questioning. The citation led to a requirement that Bhattacharya be evaluated by a counselor before resuming classes and eventually a suspension.

Moon’s ruling, issued March 31, allows Bhattacharya’s case to either go to trial or for a judge to issue a summary judgement ruling in favor of one side or the other.

 

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kieran Bhattacharya in September 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and accuses the university of violating his First Amendment rights and his 14th Amendment right to due process and conspiring to interfere with his civil rights and injure him professionally. Named as defendants are the Rector and Visitors of UVa and more than 20 members of the UVa faculty and administration.

All claims save for the First Amendment violation allegations were dismissed by U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon in a March 31 order.

James Bacon of Bacons Rebellion wrote about the case:

“Two-and-a-half years ago, Kieran Ravi Bhattacharya, a medical school student at the University of Virginia, attended a session on “microaggressions” in which psychology professor Beverly Colwell Adams gave a presentation about her research. In what he thought to be a collegial manner, Bhattacharya challenged her analysis.

The challenge was not well received. Indeed, other participants in the session deemed his questions disrespectful. There followed a sequence of events in which Bhattacharya was investigated by the Academic Standards and Achievement Committee for unprofessional behavior, was told to submit to psychological evaluation, was suspended, was branded as a threat to the university community, was banned from the university grounds, and ultimately was expelled.”

Reason, which first reported the story, summarized the microaggression panel exchange by noting Bhattacharya began it by seeking clarity on the definition of microaggressions:

“Is it a requirement, to be a victim of microaggression, that you are a member of a marginalized group?”

[Presenter Beverly Cowell] Adams replied that it wasn’t a requirement.

Bhattacharya suggested that this was contradictory, since a slide in her presentation had defined microaggressions as negative interactions with members of marginalized groups. Adams and Bhattacharya then clashed for a few minutes about how to define the term. It was a polite disagreement. Adams generally maintained that microaggression theory was a broad and important topic and that the slights caused real harm. Bhattacharya expressed a scientific skepticism that a microaggression could be distinguished from an unintentionally rude statement. His doubts were wellfounded given that microaggression theory is not a particularly rigorous concept.

“The exchange (an audio recording of which is available) prompted a series of events that led to Bhattacharya being kicked out of med school, court documents allege, “The College Fix reported.

Essentially what started as a concern over Bhattacharya’s exchange turned into meetings with his deans and a hearing that determined he should get a psychological evaluation before returning to campus. Next, campus officials told Bhattacharya he would be required to get the psychological evaluation before returning to school, and Bhattacharya balked at such a request.

The left needs to be forced to respect the rights of others in schools, because it is frightening what they have done to generations of Americans and our greatest institutions.

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