Sunday, December 08, 2013

More fake hate crime...

Not a hate crime per se, but an example of the witch-hunting machine that gets ginned up when politically correct elites get their sights set on politically correct "class enemies," such as men.

It would be better still if universities could get out of the discipline business altogether, except for scholarly offenses like plagiarism, cheating and falsification of data. Ordinary civil and criminal courts are immensely more competent to adjudicate allegations of sexual harassment and violent crime, in open proceedings subject to appellate review, without trampling the rights of the accused.
Mr. Strange's banishment from Auburn didn't become official until the Discipline Committee's verdict had been rubber-stamped by Ainsley Carry, then vice president for student affairs, and Jay Gogue, the university president. That was Feb. 2, 2012, the day before the grand jury cleared Mr. Strange of the charge for which he was expelled. He had to stay in Auburn—but away from campus—for 3½ months, until the misdemeanor charge evaporated amid the accuser's truancy. He now lives with his parents in Spartanburg, S.C., and is a senior at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He graduates next May.
The day after I interviewed him, I received a grateful email from his mother, Allison. "Thank you for allowing Josh to tell his story last night," she wrote. "I could tell that it made him feel better to finally be able to get it out in his own words to someone other than his family and attorney."
I'm a newspaperman, not a therapist. But there are no safe-harbor advocates for survivors of wrongful accusation.

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