Professor Issues Belated Apology
We talked last week about the University of Kentucky professor who led students in an attack on a pro-Life display of white crosses. The crosses were placed by a pro-Life student group who made prior arrangements with the Administration.
Dr. Sally Jacobson defended her actions after she was caught on a videotape breaking the wood crosses along with some of her students. She claimed the First Amendment gave her the right to do so.
A small firestorm broke loose. The Administration suspended her, saying her actions challenged the concepts of academic freedom.
Dr. Jacobson has now issued an apology and announced she will retire from the faculty at the end of the school year.
The President of the University, James Votruba, issued a statement saying he appreciated the public apology – but that the infringement of free speech and Jacobson’s disregard for the exchange of ideas simply couldn’t be tolerated on a college campus.
It is refreshing to see a member of academia defending the traditional concepts underlying both the First Amendment and academic freedom.
LifeNews.Com reports that local police are investigating the vandalism.