The president of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, says he is “grateful” for the “passion and courage” demonstrated by a mob of students that has taken over his campus and driven a professor to teach off campus due to concerns for his safety.

In a speech delivered May 26 responding to student demands, college President George S. Bridgessaid he is “grateful to the courageous students who have voiced their concerns” about discrimination on campus.

“Let me reiterate my gratitude for the passion and courage you have shown me and others,” Mr. Bridges said in his remarks, as reported by student newspaper The Cooper Point Journal. “I want every one of you to feel safe on this campus and be able to learn in a supportive environment free from discrimination or intimidation.”

Protests erupt over racism at Evergreen State College

One target of the student protests is a professor who refused to take part in a “Day of Absence.”


Threat shuts down college embroiled in racial dispute

Protests over race erupted last week at Evergreen State College, and a heated national debate over freedom of speech and race followed. On Thursday, school officials closed the campus.


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