THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Excuses are a plenty from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith administration, but it does seem the transgender status of student Jennifer Braly has university officials dancing about with contradictory stories.
Never mind that Braly has spoken about gender identity disorder twice in the past, and that she was asked by an instructor to speak to the class three months in advance.
Braly says the lecture was cancelled at the last-minute, apparently over a student complaint she believes. The instructor who invited her to speak, Dr. Laura King, confronted college officials: ‘I did go in [Dr. Henry Rinne, Dean, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences] Rinnes office and he told me that Jennifer Braly was not to be allowed to speak. That it was the policy of the university for reason that he couldn’t discuss.’ – from KNWA News
“. . . according to Ms. Braly, she was told by Dr. Rinne that she would not be allowed to speak in any classroom at this University from that day forward. Ms. Braly reports that Dr. Rinne cited a lack of qualification to lecture in a University setting as the reasoning behind this decision.” – from The Lions’ Chronicle
“Ms. Braly received an email from Dr. Rita Barrett, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair, which, according to Ms. Braly said, “All of my faculty are now diligently preparing for the closure of the semester. They must be in compliance with their syllabi, grading, final exams, graduation exercises, etc. and it is impossible to afford more class time to accommodate an additional speaker at one week before finals.Therefore, your scheduled speaking engagements in any course in my department (PSYC, CJ, SOCI, ANTH) have been cancelled.” – from The Lions’ Chronicle
Between the news reports, the college website and the student newspaper there seems to be a wide range of excuses for the cancellation and details of the events but they all point to dubious motives by college officials. It also seem clear that before Braly will ever be able to speak to a class again, she’ll have to meet new criteria that the college enacted after the cancellation. Something Braly says is an attempt to silence her.
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