Chico State professor under fire for tweets

A Chico State professor came under fire with emails for her political beliefs.

Posted: Dec 18, 2019 7:37 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2019 7:39 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A Chico State professor came under fire with emails for her political beliefs.

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson said the school is about bringing people together and that she stands behind the professor's right to freedom of speech.

Several of the emails sent to Lindsay Briggs have misogynistic, racist or homophobic language. Briggs said these emails stemmed from her speaking out on Twitter, advocating for marginalized groups.

In one tweet, she calls for the Chico State community to stand by those who are marginalized and to call out Trump and the republican party for being what she called, "poison".

"They have a right to be mean, they have a right to say all of these sort of things but I also have the right and the responsibility to say 'I care about you'," said Briggs. "'I care that this hurts you' and 'how can I help you get better to responding to these sorts of things?'"

"I feel like it could be talked about more often and I feel like it's not represented enough and I applaud her for speaking out," said student, Chloe Fuller.

"It's kind of baffling. I think it's really harsh of them to come after her for just speaking her mind," said student, Tarren McNally. "I think that everyone here is free to their own opinion, so it's a little alarming they're going so far out of their way to attack her."

Briggs said she will continue to be an advocate and that the emails do not deter her from wanting to speak out on behalf of marginalized students.

President Hutchinson also said she is encouraging informed, respectful and spirited debates on campus in the spring.

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