It’s common for students and clubs to post flyers around university campuses across the world. However, a new flyer posted in one of the main buildings of Cleveland State University crossed a line.
‘It is a cowardly thing to do, since they didn’t put their face on it,’ said one person in response to the flyer.
The anonymous poster in question shows an image of a man with a rope around his neck. It also includes inaccurate suicide statistics among the LGBTI community. At the top of the flyer it reads: ‘Follow your fellow f****ts.’
The bottom of the flyer also has a symbol and the words ‘fascist solutions’.
Eris Eady of the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland confirmed the inaccurate numbers. Actually, the numbers are in reality higher.
‘The coercion of someone attempting to take their own life, there is no humor in that. There will never be humor in that. There is nothing funny about death,’ she commented.
Even worse, the fliers appeared on campus the same day the school opened its first LGBT center.
‘A spirit of inclusiveness’
On Monday (16 October) night, the school issued the following statement:
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
At Cleveland State University, our foremost priority is maintaining a welcoming environment that provide opportunities for learning, expression and discourse.
CSU remains fully committed to a campus community that respects all individuals, regardless of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and other historical bases for discrimination.
CSU also is committed to upholding the First Amendment, even with regard to controversial issues where opinion is divided. We will continue to protect free speech to ensure all voices may be heard and to promote a civil discourse where educational growth is the desired result.
Be assured that a spirit of inclusiveness will always be central to the very identity of our University.
Ronald M. Berkman, President of Cleveland State University
Many students take issue with the free speech defense in this incident.
— Mary Margaret. 🌹 (@MaryxMargaret) October 17, 2017
I love that these photos went up at my university Cleveland State University& the President's response was to say "First amendment rights" pic.twitter.com/0pu0tspRnh
— (((Elizabeth))) (@SoSayWeAll777) October 16, 2017
Furthermore, students can contact the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland at 216-651-5428.