As 2016 came to a close last week, many were hoping that the excessive political correctness which seemed to rule our society last year would be a thing of the past and not carry over to the new year. Instead, not even a full week into 2017, it seems that that hope has already been dashed as theological students at Glasgow University apparently felt the need for a “trigger warning” that images of crucifixions might be hard to look at.
The students were warned that they may see distressing images when they’re studying the crucifixion of Jesus. Students were informed they could leave class and be excused if they deemed it too intense for them. Advocates for this kind of behavior at the college, praise it as a protection of mental heath for vulnerable students’ minds.
Other more sensible people criticized the approach, saying these types of actions are unnecessary and create students who become “snowflakes,” shielded away from the harsh realities of the world.
The University of Glasgow confirmed that trigger warnings are issued to theology students studying “Creation to Apocalypse: Introduction to the Bible (Level 1).”
Flyers that were handed out among students interested in the class cites lectures on Jesus and cinema sometimes “contains graphic scenes of the crucifixion, and this is flagged for students beforehand.” Glasgow added, students are told “you can, of course, leave a class at any time should you need to, but please check in… later that day to let us know how you are.”
This isn’t the only class that comes with warnings at the University, as veterinary students are given warnings that their classes may cover subjects of illness and violence that may be disturbing to some.
Stirling University took the route that others should follow. Regarding the Gender Studies class, the university states: “We cannot anticipate or exclude the possibility that you may encounter material which is triggering [i.e., which can trigger a negative reaction] and we urge that you take all necessary precautions to look after yourself in and around the program.”
Scottish Tory education spokesman Liz Smith called the Universities out for what they’re supposed to be covering: “Universities are meant to be a place of learning where concepts are challenged and tricky subjects debated.”
Smith concluded by saying, “That will become increasingly difficult if they go too far out of their way to ensure everything survives the politically correct test. Some of the examples set out here are patently ridiculous.”