University Students Need ‘Trigger Warning’ to Study Grimm’s Fairy Tales


With the fragile millennial generation seemingly getting weaker by the day, a university in Scotland has fond it necessary to issue “trigger warming” for college student asked to read Grimm’s fairy tales for class.

Seriously, can millennials be any more risible?

This season, Glasgow University gave details of its modern languages and cultures course that included readings of Grimm’s fairy tales. Of course, anyone familiar with the originals knows that they can be dark and violent tales of caution.

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But, the lecturer felt he needed to provide a trigger warning and warned students that the fairy tales feature child abuse, incest, and other violent material.

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The school thought it best to alert students that the original tales just might upset their widdle minds.

The Grimm Brother stories in the course include Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood.

According to the Daily Mail:

The lecturer in charge said: ‘When I teach my Grimms’ Fairy Tales class, I always say some of the material includes child abuse, incest and other violent material.

“As we do psychological readings of the tales, this can be important to acknowledge.” Trigger warnings are given verbally or on an internal website named Moodle so that students know about content that could upset them. Complaints have led to warnings being read out.

The paper also found out that other courses that include reading of historically classic texts — such as Roman and Greek tales — also constantly feel the need to warn students that the reading material may be upsetting.

Students expected to study religious texts are also constantly warned about the possibility of reading unsettling material.

Seriously, how do these fragile kiddos get out of bed every morning?

Worse, why does any one give a flying leap if they are triggered?

Shouldn’t they just be told to shut up, do the work, and grow up?

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