Overprotected

Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings & Holding Teachers Hostage

The first time I heard someone make a reference to a university's "safe space," I imagined a bunker-style shelter to which students could retreat in the event of a campus lockdown. Instead, it turned out to be a room containing stuffed animals, coloring books, calming music, Play-Doh, and a video of puppies playing. It was the kind of place one would think had been designed for children who had endured trauma. In 2015 Brown University made such a room available as a "safe space" for students who had been psychologically "triggered" by a debate about sexual violence on campus, who felt the debate "invalidated" their personal experiences, and who were "feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that...

 

has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #49, Summer 2019 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo49/overprotected

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