Georgetown Students Demand Space to Cry
Students at Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) staging a sit-in protest made demands including a space to cry and takeout orders.
William Treanor, the dean of the GULC, met with the students during their protest to promote the firing of professor Ilya Shapiro and said that the school would reimburse them for any food they had delivered during their sit-in.
“I don’t know what it would look like, but if they want to cry, if they need to break down, where can they go? Because we’re at a point where students are coming out of class to go to the bathroom to cry,” one student said.
Mitch Bailin, GULC’s dean of students responded: “It is really hard to walk out of class or a meeting in tears, and you should always have a place on campus where you can go […] reach out to me anytime — anytime — and we will find you space.”
Students began their protest after Shapiro was placed on administrative leave over a tweet criticizing President Joe Biden’s announcement that he would nominate a black woman to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
Shapiro had endorsed D.C. Circuit Court Judge Sri Srinivasan for the role, but said that the nominee would be “a lesser black woman.”
The student protests also reportedly demanded that Treanor send an email reminding white students they were only there because of slavery.