'Snowflake Alert': Ben Shapiro Responds to UC Berkeley’s Offer for Counselling to Students 'Impacted' by His Speech
The University of California, Berkeley is offering enhanced security and counseling services to students for former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro's speech on campus next week.
Berkeley has experienced violent protests at a slew of recent political and speaking events, prompting both city and university officials to take extra precaution.
Shapiro, a conservative political commentator who has spoken at UC Berkeley without incident before, responded on Twitter to the university offering counselors for those who could be potentially impacted by his appearance or speech.
"SNOWFLAKE ALERT: UC Berkeley Offers 'Support And Counseling' For Students Offended By Shapiro's Speech," the 33-year-old writer wrote, linking to an article by the Daily Wire, where he currently serves as editor-in-chief.
He also described the move as "total insanity."
"If there ever needed to be confirmation that Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro’s characterization of Leftist students at American universities as 'snowflakes' hits the bulls-eye, the campus-wide announcement issued by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos of the University of California, Berkeley, regarding Shapiro’s September 14 speech at the university offered just that," the Daily Wire article said.
In its message about logistics, Alivisatos detailed several security measures, including a police perimeter spanning six buildings, because of the potentially controversial nature of the event.
Further down in the memo, Alivisatos says that campus officials "are deeply concerned about the impact some speakers may have on individuals’ sense of safety and belonging."
"No one should be made to feel threatened or harassed simply because of who they are or for what they believe," the memo continues. "For that reason, the following support services are being offered and encouraged: Student support services, Employee (faculty and staff) support services."
UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof told Newsweek that "this sort of communication has not been needed previously."
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