Western Carolina students face death threats, faculty mockery for speaking out against ‘woke’ training

Western Carolina students face death threats, faculty mockery for speaking out against ‘woke’ training

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Additionally, the Faculty Senate’s official Facebook page also dismissed the RA concerns as “manufactured outrage” and linked to the site that reiterated they were “proud” to be “woke.”

That post, and another similar post on Instagram, was deleted following a Monday morning appearance by Western Carolina RA Katie Sanders and Western Carolina TPUSA Campus Coordinator Chris Stirewalt on Fox & Friends First.

Fox News reached out to Western Carolina University about the school’s position on professors publicly dismissing the concerns of the RAs and using those concerns to raise money for liberal causes while bragging about being “proud” to be “woke.”

The school did not respond to that request, nor did it respond to a request for comment last week regarding the original report. However, the school’s chancellor did send out an email to WCU alumni following the original Fox News report and assured potential donors that the “gender unicorn” training was taken “out of context.”

“The highlighted training was meant to make our RAs aware of multiple points of view; understand that our students have different backgrounds; and provide techniques to assist them with communication,” the email, obtained by Fox News from Chancellor Kelli R. Brown, stated. “Western Carolina University’s goal is to ensure that all students feel comfortable and at home in our residence halls.”

Fox News spoke to a member of the Western Carolina University Alumni Board who referred to the Faculty Senate’s actions as “egregious” especially since the professors are state employees paid for by taxpayers.

In addition to being mocked by faculty online, the students who opposed the “woke” training were subjected to negative attacks from students online.

Messages obtained by Fox News circulated on the social media app YikYak expressing wishes that Katie Sanders, one of the RAs who spoke up against the training, would be crucified or contract COVID. One message suggested a petition should be created to “remove” Katie “from living.” A petition was created calling for Sanders to lose her job as RA and the financial benefits that come along with it simply for speaking out against the training.

“I am using my right of free speech to voice the opinion that is not being heard,” Sanders tells Fox News. “I expected that a petition or something of the sort would go around. I am not upset that it is happening because they have that right, but I would be upset if I were to lose my job because I love it and have not had any problems with any residents before this. The death threats I have been receiving are not okay and that should be universally accepted. As for the WCU Faculty Senate, the point is being proven about opposing views because they are saying our opinion is nonsense and proceeded to create t-shirts for sale. After being called out for their post, they immediately deleted it.”

Balsam Residence Hall at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Balsam Residence Hall at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. (iStock)

Sanders says that the school has assured her they don’t tolerate death threats of any kind and will investigate the matter.

“The faculty senate openly mocking our concerns highlights the divide that exists between us conservative students and the administration at our school,” Stirewalt, who has received at least one threat of physical violence against him online over the controversy, told Fox News in a statement. “Not only does this show that our professors don’t take our concerns seriously, they think it’s a joke and an excuse to raise money. The fact that they deleted the posts after being called out shows that they don’t believe what they post, they just use events like this as an excuse to push an agenda.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/western-carolina-students-death-threats-mockery-faculty-woke-gender-unicorn

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