Students at one of the oldest and most prestigious boys schools in the United States could soon face expulsion for a single “misplaced” joke, according to a draft “anti-bias” policy circulating among school administrators and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
St. Albans, whose alumni include vice presidents and two current U.S. senators, is considering a crackdown on “harmful” speech that prioritizes the impact of the speech rather than the intent of the speaker.
“It is the impact of hate speech, rather than the intent of those perpetrating it, that is of utmost importance,” the draft policy states. As such, boys could be expelled “even in the case of a single expression, act, or gesture”—including “misplaced humor,” which the policy says “should be reported immediately to the student’s adviser…”
Now, even the most old-fashioned of these schools are becoming fluent in the language of left-wing identity politics. St. Albans—which refers to Hispanic students as “Latinx,” has replaced Columbus Day with “Indigenous People’s Day,” sponsors an “Alliance of White Antiracists,” and costs over $50,000 a year—is often seen as more conservative than its co-ed counterparts. Read more…