Penn State has deleted a controversial tweet that declared the viewpoints of conservative students matter on campus.
The school’s liberal arts department tweeted an image last month with the caption, “Dear Students: You Belong Here,” which included several statement recognizing Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ students, Campus Reform reported Wednesday.
“Dear Black students, your lives matter,” the image stated. “Dear Muslim and Jewish students, your beliefs are valued here. Dear conservative students, your viewpoints are important. Dear Latinx students, you will not find walls here. Dear female students, you are respected. Dear LGBTQ+ students, you are supported here. Dear international students, you are welcome here. Dear ALL students, we are here to support and learn from one another.”
The line about conservative students outraged people on social media, prompting the school to delete the tweet.
Penn State Director of Strategic Communications William Hessert Jr. told Campus Reform that the tweet was deleted because, while it was meant “to express the inclusive, democratic and participatory values of the liberal arts,” the “message was not being received well and it is important for us that our messages be received as intended.”
“While we do not believe in deleting our posts, given the sensitivities of the matter we felt that it was better to remove it,” Mr. Hessert said.