A conservative Princeton University professor’s speech at Washington College, which focused on the importance of campus free speech, was disrupted by students, ultimately leading to the cancellation of the event.
This incident is another example of student protests, often referred to as “heckler’s vetoes,” targeting conservative speakers.
Princeton professor’s departure
The professor, Robert George, did not provide specific reasons for his abrupt departure, and the disruption was reportedly orchestrated by two individuals, including a transgender student who wished to remain anonymous.
The college’s board has taken action against those involved, banning a former student from campus and subjecting two students to potential sanctions.
George’s controversial positions on issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion have sparked opposition from students.
The disruption occurred despite college administrators initially rejecting calls to cancel the event. Security officers at the event did not intervene in the protest, leading to criticism from free speech advocacy groups.