CMC drops the ball
May 25, 2012
Your article “CMC makes changes after Aspen discrimination complaint” (May 21, The Aspen Times) misses the point of the complaint and glosses over the reprehensible discriminatory action of Colorado Mountain College. Apparently, so did CMC’s own internal investigation.
No one is being reprimanded? Someone at the college made the choice to kick a student out of the EMT class she was enrolled in for having a seizure in the class. This decision was made thoughtlessly, immediately after the incident, and delivered to the summarily dumped student via a quick email. So if every student who ever has a seizure is kicked out of school and every employee who ever has a seizure is fired, then people who have seizures may as well give up doing anything with their lives. That doesn’t sound like an environment of nondiscrimination, does it?
The changes mentioned in the article are meaningless drivel, political mumbo-jumbo such as “we need to communicate better” and “train our staff about seizures.” The real change needed was a little compassion and common sense. It was an EMT class, for goodness’ sakes! It seems ironic that the teacher couldn’t handle the possibility of a medical situation occurring in the class.
CMC owes an apology to the student.
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