Queer students say harassment has increasedThe article begins:
A recent string of queer bashing incidents on Western Michigan University's campus has left some students wondering how welcome they are.
The number of verbal and physical attacks on the gay community have increased this semester compared to previous years, said Maggie Walters, president of OUTspoken.
"A lot of people know we're a gay-friendly university," Walters said. "We're known for being really open."
Walters knows of 20 to 25 students who have been verbally or physically assaulted this semester, none of which have resulted in an arrest. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are more prominent on campus and gays are feeling more comfortable coming out, which could be a reason for the increase in gay bashing incidents, Walters said.
This article raises many questions.
Does this article count as verbal harassment?
Is there some sort of continuously updated website that we can check to see what words constitute 'hate speech' and which are harmless 'terms of endearment'?
What is "verbal assault"? Yelling at someone? Saying you don't like her outfit?
Should "verbal assault" and "physical assault" really be in the same category? How many of the 20 to 25 incidents are actually physical assaults?
Imaginary headline: "Huge increase in number of prank calls and car bombings"
If there are physical assaults, why haven't they been prosecuted? Is Walters saying that "verbal assault", aka free speech, should be prosecuted?
Can the, um, students in question document anything like the vandalism on the College Republican office, destruction of thousands of flyers advertising our events, and attack on a previous speaker of ours?
I personally know 20 to 25 Republicans who have been criticized and/or murdered on campus. Will the Herald do a story on that?