School: a place to learn, but also to be suspended.
So it goes for the bad kids.
Apropos, a New York college student’s been disciplined for social media comments about — among other items — sex.
Via Instagram video, on November 22nd, education major Owen Stevens offered the following:
“Hey, everybody. I’m gonna double down on this point right now. I wanna make myself very clear, so hear what I’m saying. A man is a man. A woman is a woman. A man is not a woman, and a woman is not a man. A man cannot become a woman, and a woman cannot become a man. If I’m a man and I think I’m a woman, I’m still a man. If I’m a woman who thinks I’m a man, I’m still a woman. Regardless of what you feel on the inside, [it’s] irrelevant to your biological status. It doesn’t change the biology. The biology is very clear. It’s very, very, very clear. And it’s binary and easy. You fall into either Man or Woman. And if you’re intersex, you either become a man or woman eventually. And that is such a small…group of people that it makes no sense to justify that as statistically significant and apply that to our definition of gender. It wouldn’t make any sense.”
As relayed by The Daily Wire, “Other videos on Steven’s Instagram page include him explaining how Columbus Day isn’t about celebrating every facet of Christopher [Columbus’s] life and how race-based clubs can be toxic to racial progress.”
Officials at State University of New York weren’t impressed.
Per the Wire, SUNY claims Owen violated its inclusivity rules.
The school’s Dignity for All Students Act mandates that teachers foster “a diverse campus community marked by mutual respect for the unique talents and contributions of each individual.”
Subsequently, he was suspended from his field teaching programs.
A copy of the suspension obtained by TDW indicates Owen’s status will remain until he successfully completes a “remediation plan.”
Included in the requirements: removing his inflammatory videos, pulling back on his social media presence, and — in the words of the Wire — “attending school-sanctioned training.”
The kid’s refusing to comply.
In an email to Owen, the Dean of the School of Education sounded off:
“After review of all available materials, I find that, based on your continued public stance and social media presence, you do not consistently demonstrate behaviors required by the Conceptual Framework of the School of Education.”
“You continue to maintain, ‘I do not recognize the gender that they claim to be if they are not biologically that gender.’ This public position is in conflict with the Dignity for All Students Act requiring teachers to maintain a classroom environment protecting the mental and emotional well-being of all students.”
Owen claims he’s also gotten the ire of those his age:
“I’ve received threats and horrible incidents of students who all feel like they are making the world a better place by becoming the woke thought police. Overall, I want justice and the right thing to be done.”
Additionally, the school’s president allegedly sent the following message to students and faculty:
“Yesterday, I was made aware of a current student’s Instagram posts pertaining to transgender people. I want to take this opportunity to publicly restate my deep personal commitment to promoting social justice. … There are clear legal limitations to what a public university can do in response to objectionable speech. As a result, there are few tools at our disposal to reduce the pain that such speech may cause.”
And speaking of free speech, if you’re wondering whether Owen’s rights were violated, a SUNY Geneseo spokeswoman addressed such with The Daily Wire:
“Although we cannot comment on any particular student, SUNY Geneseo respects every student’s right to freedom of speech and expression. By choosing to enter into certain professional fields, students agree to abide by the professional standards of their chosen field. At times, these professional standards dictate that students act and behave in certain ways that may differ from their personal predilections.”
Well, that’s good. Everyone loves a professional.
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