Columbia Law School Allows Students to Delay Finals Due to Trauma of Grand Jury Decisions


When I was growing up and being taught what life was about, I was taught to be respectful of others and that life is not always fair, but you have to learn to deal with it. We live in a sin cursed world that is run by sinners who make mistakes like everyone else.

What I see in today’s generation is a nation of spoiled brats who claim to be traumatized every time they see something that they perceive to be wrong. They expect to live in a perfect world with perfect people and that’s just not going to happen. They also expect to have many things in life handed to them on a silver platter and when that doesn’t happen, it’s never their fault for not working for what they get.

Whenever a student at a school is killed in an auto accident or dies of a disease, the schools have to bring in grief counselors to molly coddle all of the troubled young souls in the school. The problem is they only use a secular humanist approach to their counseling that really doesn’t address the real issue of sin.

When I was in school, we never had grief counselors nor did we really have the need for them. I recall a boy in my second grade class who slumped over in his desk and died. Ambulance drivers took him away and the next day we were told he died of an apparent heart attack. Our class prayed for the boy and his family and then went straight to our school work. Yes we missed our classmate, but we also were taught that death is part of living in a sin cursed world and we were able to move on with our lives.

Now, famed Columbia Law School has joined the ranks of liberal molly coddling a generation of lost young people who are among those who get traumatized by the least little thing. Robert Scott, Interim Dean, has informed students who feel traumatized that they could delay taking their finals until they have had time to deal with their trauma. He emailed students, saying:

“The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally.”

“For some law students, particularly, though not only, students of color, this chain of events is all the more profound as it threatens to undermine a sense that the law is a fundamental pillar of society designed to protect fairness, due process and equality.”

In addition to being allowed to delay taking their finals, the law school has brought in a trauma specialist to help students. A few faculty members have also notified students that they will be available for special office hours if the students need help.

Power Line, a conservative blog mocked Columbia’s actions by posting:

“The video of Garner is certainly disturbing. But anyone so unstable as to be incapable of preparing for and taking exams due to grand jury proceedings not involving themselves or their families should be given an indefinite leave of absence in which to get better.”

“What is really behind the request for postponement of exams? I suspect it’s the fact that the students in question would rather protest with their friends and perhaps disrupt New York City than read cases, review lecture notes, or whatever it is that students do these days to prepare for exams. In addition, the students in question presumably want the law school to take their side on what they take to be a political question. In other words, this is, in part, a power play.”

“In 1970, many colleges closed up shop early following the shooting of students by the National Guard at Kent State University. The shootings disturbed many students, but we weren’t too distressed to attend class and study for exams. We just didn’t feel like it.”

“Instead, we were intent on causing trouble. College administrators figured that, under the circumstances, it would be better to send everyone home.”

“College administrators come and go, but for the past 45 years they can usually be counted on to take the path of least resistance when the left agitates. Even when doing so results in behavior and conduct that seem like self-parody.”

Benjamin Brafman, an attorney based in New York commented about Columbia’s announcement saying:

“Despite the genuine trauma that law students may honestly feel about the Ferguson and Garner decisions, as lawyers, they are going to be dealing with tragedies many times worse. If law students cannot function with difficult issues like these, maybe they should not try and become lawyers.”

I agree. What are they going to do when a jury or judge rules against their client? Are they going to be so traumatized that they won’t be able to practice law or help other clients until they are able to deal with it?

If these law students can’t handle these two grand jury decisions without feeling traumatized then perhaps they need to seek a career in some less volatile and less personal like computer technology where they won’t have to deal with people as much. One thing is for sure, I would not want any of them as a lawyer nor would I ever vote for them for any political office including county dog catcher.

If Columbia Law School is preparing our next generation of lawyers and political leaders, we’re in deep deep trouble. My advice to them and everyone else that has gone off the deep end over all of this is to ‘cowboy up’ or in plainer terms, ‘grow up and deal with it!’ Stop being such a baby and throwing a temper tantrum over something you have no control over. Try acting like a responsible adult for once in your life!

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