Pieces in Newsweek and Mother Jones referenced a February 25 Facebook post by the College’s Office of Admission and Financial Aid about the #NeverAgain movement, declaring “First Amendment rights are among the most prized of Amherst’s values and the college encourages all students to engage in civil and meaningful discourse on issues of critical importance.”
In the wake of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, high school students across the country are holding protests under the banner of #NeverAgain, including a mass walkout from schools March 14.
In response to some high schools announcing that students staging walkouts or other protests would be disciplined, a growing number of institutions, including Amherst College, have responded that engaging in peaceful protest won’t capsize a student’s college application.
“The Office of Admission, will, as always, consider the unique circumstances of any reported disciplinary action related to civic engagement,” the Facebook post stated. “Peaceful protest has never been a reason for a student to be denied admission or to have an offer be rescinded.”