‘Grief And Extreme Fear’: Evergreen College Faculty Speak Out In Protest Aftermath


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Evergreen State College faculty members said they witnessed “signs of PTSD as well as grief and extreme fear” following the May protests at the school, according to correspondence published Monday.

Sandra Yannone, director of Evergreen’s writing center, and Erica Hernandez-Scott, a professor of education at the school, made the comments in emails sent to Evergreen president George Bridges and obtained by The College Fix via a public records request.

“I witnessed many people in shock last week and now people who are exhibiting signs of PTSD as well as grief and extreme fear,” said Yannone in a June 1 email to Bridges. “A faculty member and friend came up to me at the end of the meeting literally crying from feeling hopeless about how things have unfolded after so much work these past two years to increase our commitment to equity.”

Hernandez-Scott, meanwhile, alleged that three of her colleagues had been threatened with violence in a May 31 email to the school president.

“How many Black women will be sacrificed in the name of free speech?” she asked Bridges.

The education professor’s email was a response to an email from Bridges in which the president mentioned an alleged “extremely frightening encounter” in which an Evergreen faculty member’s “physical safety was put at risk by a vehicle waving a Confederate flag.”

The May protests at Evergreen involved student backlash to professor Bret Weinstein’s refusal to participate in a Day of Absence in which students would segregate themselves by race. (RELATED: Evergreen State Protesters Demand No Homework, College President Hurries To Oblige)

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Evergreen for comment, but received none in time for press.

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