After Saddleback College Professor Margot Lovett was caught on camera ripping down posters that honored the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, media outlets across the country condemned her disrespectful actions. The gender studies professor, known for her statements which blame “U.S. imperialism” for the 9/11 attacks, was quickly defended by her colleagues, who referred to conservative students as “lucky to spend time with [Professor Lovett],” and as “guests, subsidized by the state.”
A Freedom of Information Act request by Young America’s Foundation revealed an email chain between Professor Howard Gensler and Lovett, where he told her that “a college is its faculty. If you tell students that they are number one, then they will run the place. They are not number one.”
Gensler, who was recently profiled by the OC Register for his bizarre affinity for Batman, and reportedly sued the school for not giving him priority in summer classes, denounced the conservative students as “deceptive, disrespectful, and frankly outrageous” for exposing Lovett’s actions on video. The students, who were part of the school’s YAF chapter, were setting up 2,977 flags for each of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks when Lovett showed up.
Audra Leslie, the former President of Saddleback YAF, who filmed the incident, told Red Alert Politics, “Gensler’s comments about the destruction of our 9/11 Never Forget posters are absolutely outrageous, but strangely not surprising to me. It’s sad to see that he believes a college is its faculty and not its students. I did not think we were ‘[running] the place’ by setting up a 9/11 memorial and putting up posters. A college is supposed to be about the students and their education, not the faculty and their politically driven agendas. What would a college be without its students?”
After shredding their posters, Lovett, who is also Chair of Saddleback College’s History Department, chastised the students for failing to remain in the free speech zone on campus. While faculty members maintain that Lovett did the right thing, members of the YAF chapter believe that the school targeted them because of their conservative political beliefs.
“The last time I checked those ‘guests’ are paying their huge salaries,” Leslie continued. “Professor Gensler is blocking diversity of thought and speech, while trying to justify Lovett’s actions by putting the students last. I strongly feel that conservatives receive very different treatment compared to the average liberal student population. They look down on us, they fail to protect our rights, and conservative students do not feel safe. But they believe conservatives deserve it , because we’re the ‘intolerant’ ones.”