Rude behavior at a play could end in expulsion; crude laughter at the wrong things is a punishable offense; and heckling is now sexual harassment. At least that is the way it might be playing out in Greensboro College, North Carolina.
As part of a new sexual misconduct policy (which conforms to the ideology that there is an epidemic of rape on college campuses), Greensboro mandates Freshmen attend a play about sexual violence called, “It Stops Here.” Some athletes were forced to attend by their coaches.
The immature 17-18 year old boys in the audience, who were forced to attend, laughed inappropriately, called one actor a fag, and made comments such as, “it was consensual”, while one was heard to whisper, “whore bitch.”
“Many of the boys started calling out ‘She wanted it, it’s not rape,’ and making masturbation noises,” stage manager Claire Sellers told a local news station.
Students performing in the play allegedly became ill over the reception to the play and they were distressed to see the professors in the audience did not try to stop the misbehavior.
The administration is now planning to punish the students, not for heckling, but for sexual harassment, a far more serious offense with serious repercussions.
The college says it has launched an investigation under Title IX, the federal law banning sex discrimination in education.
One of the clauses in the sexual misconduct policy states that it’s sexual harassment if “such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or educational environment.”
Does heckling a play qualify? Does it justify possibly expelling students and putting a sexual harassment charge in their permanent file so it can ruin their lives and careers?
Samanatha Harris, a director of policy at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), criticized the school for seeking to classify the heckling as harassment rather than simple disruptive behavior.
“If the charge were disruption, there wouldn’t be an issue here,” Harris told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “[But] it’s extremely unlikely a few isolated comments could rise to the level of severity and pervasiveness required for sexual harassment.”
Rape is now called sexual harassment and by doing so the crime is diminished. By criminalizing boyish bad behavior, aren’t they demeaning the crime yet again?
It sexual harassment is as prevalent as they say, what do they expect when anything goes behavior is encouraged?
If the play is getting this kind of reception, maybe it’s time to ditch it?
The students were reportedly unhappy about being forced to attend. That does have a totalitarian feel to it.
Any First Amendment violations here?
Source: Hesherman.com and the Daily Caller