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WOW! Ohio Jury Delivers $11 Million Verdict Against Oberlin College

Posted on | June 7, 2019 | 1 Comment

In November 2016, Jonathan Aladin, a black student at Oberlin College, was caught shoplifting at Gibson’s Bakery near the campus of the elite private school, and two other black Oberlin students, Endia Lawrence and Cecelia Whettstone, were charged with attacking one of the bakery owners who tried to apprehend the thief. Activists with the #BlackLivesMatter movement at Oberlin accused the bakery owners of racism, and college officials promoted this false accusation. The three students pleaded guilty and, in November 2017, Gibson’s sued Oberlin, accusing the college of “libel, slander, interference with business relationships, interference with contracts, deceptive trade practices, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, and trespass.” Today, a jury came down hard on Oberlin, as Professor William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection reports:

The Jury in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case has reached a verdict.
According to our reporter in the Courtroom, the jury awarded $11 million. Here are the details: Allyn W. Gibson was awarded $3 million, David Gibson $5.8 million, Gibson Bros. $2,274,500. Next Tuesday there will be a separate punitive damages which could be a double award (meaning tripling the $11 million to $33 million).
[Oberlin ice President and Dean of Students] Meredith Raimondo was held liable on the libel and interference with business relations, but not intentional infliction of emotional distress. By stipulation, the college is responsible for any amounts awarded against her, so she will not pay anything out of pocket.
We followed this case from the start of the protests, through the lawsuit process, and now trial. Here’s my statement:

The verdict sends a strong message that colleges and universities cannot simply wind up and set loose student social justice warriors and then wash their hands of the consequences. In this case, a wholly innocent 5th-generation bakery was falsely accused of being racist and having a history [of] racial profiling after stopping three black Oberlin College students from shoplifting. The students eventually pleaded guilty, but not before large protests and boycotts intended to destroy the bakery and defame the owners. The jury appears to have accepted that Oberlin College facilitated the wrongful conduct against the bakery.

A “strong message,” indeed! The cost of attending Oberlin is $71,390 a year, including room and board, and the mystery is why parents would pay such a sum to have their children indoctrinated with lunatic ideology at a school whose faculty and administration are infamously dishonest.

(Hat-tip: Steve White in the comments.)

UPDATE: It’s difficult for most people to understand how crazy Oberlin has become, or what an awful “education” students get there. A few years ago, I highlighted one typical Oberlin student, Kaela Elias, who hates men, Republicans and heterosexuality, not necessarily in that order:

“I hope men realize that we (women) actually fear for our safety every time we walk by you on the street.”
Kaela Elias, Aug. 4, 2015

“when i was younger, i thought i was straight because society makes you think that. it’s sad.”
Kaela Elias, Aug. 9, 2015

I hate male entitlement; I hate the things men are expected to do and think; I hate how much space men take up and that they don’t even realize it; I hate the way men oppress others and create violence and the fact that it’s often unintentional; I hate that I often don’t feel safe around men but still feel pressure to seek their approval.
Kaela Elias, Nov. 24, 2015

“I recently learned that the guy who lives next to me and literally never even makes eye contact with me is a REPUBLICAN. I am scared.”
Kaela Elias, Dec. 14

When did paranoia and hatred become a curriculum? Why would parents pay money to send their children to a campus crowded with such lunatics? Also see “Get Woke, Go Broke: ‘Social Justice’ Agenda Leads Oberlin College Into Crisis” (Feb. 27, 2018) and “The Cult of Social Justice” (The American Spectator, Dec. 21, 2015).



 

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