Warnings let readers, students make the choice

06/04/2014 4:32 PM

06/04/2014 4:33 PM

Kudos to the courageous students at UC Santa Barbara who are advocating for warnings about course material that could be harmful – not merely “offensive” – to war veterans and students who have been victims of assaults.

The author of the editorial, “Warning: This editorial might make you think” (May 21, Our View) might try thinking outside of a narrow, politically correct box and become knowledgeable about the seriousness of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The students simply favor informing others of graphic, violent content so that they can exercise wisdom as to what materials they expose themselves to without causing horrific mental distress. (Do you also oppose warning people with respiratory sensitivities of days with poor air quality?)

Why would you want to pour salt in the mental wounds of war veterans by having them unknowingly stumble into a raw and graphic depiction of violence?

I also take exception to the editorial’s attempt to disarm readers by giving examples of books that are considerably more mild than the numerous “R” and even “X”-rated books that are required reading in high schools and colleges.

It’s ironic that you oppose enabling students to be informed and think for themselves.

Pamela LaChapell, Modesto

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