Evergreen State College may soon face a $3.8-million lawsuit in connection with its handling of the the 2017 “Day of Absence” protests against biology professor Bret Weinstein.
Students at the Olympia, Washington institution who wanted a day without white people on Evergreen State College’s campus in May went wild over Mr. Weinstein’s refusal to take part. The fracas that followed resulted in a $3.8-million tort claim filed July 5, with details provided exclusively to the education watchdog Campus Reform on Tuesday.
“[Evergreen] failed to set and enforce necessary boundaries in the workplace on campus, selectively has chosen not to enforce its student Code of Conduct, and sent the unmistakable message that the school will tolerate (and even endorse) egregious violations (and even crimes) purportedly to advance racial social goals, diminishing the collegiate experience for all, and fostering a racially hostile work and retaliatory environment for faculty and staff,” Mr. Weinstein’s attorney said in a statement provided to Campus Reform.
The tort claim, which includes Mr. Weinstein’s wife Heather Heying, greases the legal wheels for a future lawsuit.
Other documents provided to the educational watchdog include emails berating the professor for agreeing to an interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson.
“Bret, I don’t know what you were thinking,” one email reads. “By describing yourself to Tucker [Carlson] as a ‘deeply progressive person’ you provided him ammunition for the claim that ‘the crazies are even going after progressives! I hope that you won’t deepen your relation with Fox or pass on more raw material for Tucker’s ‘campus craziness’ show.”
Mr. Weinstein appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on May 26 and said that Evergreen College President George S. Bridges was given a set of demands — and threats of violence — by “Day of Absence” protesters.
“They have said that if he does not, if he does not accept their demands, that there will be violence,” the professor said. “[Campus police] have been hobbled by the fact that they answer to the college administration and, in fact, for several days have been barricaded in the campus police station.”
Evergreen’s Board of Trustees released a statement in early June calling the actions of its student activists “indefensible.”