The Missouri University Police Department sent an email to students Tuesday morning urging them to call them and report any "hurtful speech" they encounter on the campus.
In an email, the MUPD asked “individuals who witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech or actions” to call the department’s general phone line “to continue to ensure that the University of Missouri campus remains safe.” They suggest that students provide a detailed description of the offender, their location or license plate number, and even to take a picture if possible.
The email comes one day after University President Tim Wolfe resigned under pressure from students for what they considered a lackluster response to racial incidents.
The kids are apparently also attacking the media:
The University of Missouri student protesters who demanded the resignation of university president Tim Wolfe were surprisingly adversarial toward the press Monday, setting up a “no media safe space” for protesters and harassing reporters who were trying to take photos.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s sports writer Benjamin Hochman tweeted out images of protesters linking arms to create the “safe space,” and also tweeted out a video of protesters clashing with a reporter who presumably infringed upon the safe space.
The students at Mizzou have built a human shield to block reporters from interviewing peaceful protesters pic.twitter.com/YCZjuvIZDL— Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) November 9, 2015
"If you're here to support the students then help keep the press out," a woman just chanted pic.twitter.com/ogA2l5G2xc— Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) November 9, 2015
Just took this video of a confrontation involving a reporter and those blocking the protest area on Mizzou's campus pic.twitter.com/cFhQmrRE0u— Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) November 9, 2015
This is positively bizarre stuff. The kids don't want coverage of their protests?
And now we have the Mizzou police encouraging the idea of "hurtful speech" as a problem.
The problem on campus seems to me to not be racism but a failure to understand the importance of everyone being able to have their say regardless of how nutty it might be. Shutting down speech is a very dangerous road to go down. As is the road that objects to the media covering an event.
These kids need a required course in classical liberalism.