The collegiate desire for Trigger warnings and safe spaces are officially out of control.

Amelia Hamilton explores the phenomenon at The Stream:

This Article Is Not a Safe Space

College was supposed to be place for young adults to prepare for full-fledged adulthood, a stepping stone away from childhood and towards independence and responsibility. College was a place where one worked hard and earned a degree that would act as the gateway to gainful employment. Now, apparently, college is a place to spend heaps of money to be treated like a kindergartener while double-majoring in unemployability and victimization. Take Yale and Mizzou.

Before Halloween, students at Yale received an e-mail from Erika Christakis, associate master of Siliman College and wife of Siliman college president Nicholas Christakis, suggesting that, if you are offended by someone else’s Halloween costume, you should look away or tell that person you find their costume offensive, but that they would not take any official action the against free expression rights in costume choices. Students were livid.

Their “safe spaces” were completely threatened, not by an offensive costume, but by the very idea that there might be an offensive costume. Students screamed profanities at the officials behind the e-mail and one student, Jancey Paz, wrote a piece entitled “hurt at home,” which contains such gems of thin-skinned prose as “I feel that my home is being threatened” and “If you know I’m in pain and you aren’t doing anything to try to help me, then how can you be sorry? (Nicholas) Christakis is the Master of Silliman College, it is his job to take care of us, and he is failing.”

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This Article Is Not a Safe Space (The Stream)