Lake Ingle was kicked out of a college class for correctly stating that there are only two genders.
A statement like that doesn’t sit well with far-left academics.
Here’s a bit about Ingle’s story…
From Conservative Tribune:
The president of Indiana University Pennsylvania confronted recent campus challenges to the First Amendment on Monday and settled the case of a censored student.
IUP president Michael Driscoll sent an email to the student body Monday saying that he was disappointed in the university community’s responses to recent challenges to free speech.
Driscoll cited the criticism of a conservative student group and their reaction to being called fascists and Nazis as well as the case of senior student Lake Ingle, whose professor in ‘Special Topics In Christianity: Self, Sin, And Salvation,’ Dr. Alison Downie, kicked him out of class for challenging her alleged assertions about transgenderism and the “reality of white male privilege,” systemic sexism, and “mansplaining.”
Where we have fallen short, and where I am disappointed in us is in following the IUP Way, in which we work together to address challenges and in which we treat each other with respect and dignity even when we disagree. Let me explain why I am disappointed.
A little over a month ago, we learned that a recognized student organization had invited the founder of its national organization to speak at IUP. The organization is conservative in nature and has some vocal critics. Some started name-calling, referring to the speaker and the leaders of the IUP student organization as Nazis and fascists and the like, demanding that I not allow the speaker to appear on campus. And the student leaders, stung by the names, demanded that I make those people stop it.
In a free society, people with opinions you don’t like are allowed to exist, are allowed to speak, and can call you names. People are even allowed to write essays that use violent metaphors to describe their feelings about a challenging situation without fear of punishment. There are legal limits on free speech, but imposing them requires meeting a very high standard, such as an imminent and direct threat of harm to another. That said, I am disappointed that in the presence of a test of our devotion to the First Amendment and to the IUP Way, we fell short as a community,” read Driscoll’s email, which was provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Ingle just got the last laugh and will be allowed to continue in the class. He was exiled from class for 18 days.
The AIB was to issue a ruling Monday, but Driscoll announced in his email that he had circumvented normal university procedures and “to indefinitely pause the formal university process without resolution.”
Ingle, according to the email, will be allowed to continue in the class, and Assistant to the President for Social Equity, Dr. Pablo Mendoza, “a senior faculty member with significant experience in the First Amendment” is assigned to the class as a monitor for class discussions and as a mentor.
A victory for conservatives everywhere, though it’s a shame it went this far.
Fox News has more on Ingle:
Ingle is now set to graduate and hopes to one day become a professor.
“When you see that kind of misuse of intellectual power, you want to be the person that comes back and does it responsibly and with morals,” Ingle said. “Instead of being the purveyor of your ideology, you can be an educator.”
Downie did not respond to request for comment.
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]