Change Williams College
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It has come to our attention that last night, around 5 pm, a junior was taken into custody at CSS and then at the Williamstown Police Department. While he was in holding, CSS searched his room. After the search, said student was received drug charges from WPD and disciplinary charges from the College.
The punishment that this student may incur follows a long history of racist and classist practices in disciplinary enforcement at Williams. The college continues to search for and accept students from low-income households and people of color who fuel their problematic "diversity" statistics without actually caring about the lives of those same students. How can the college claim it is a "diverse" and "inclusive" community while continuously criminalizing and punishing low-income students and students of color, specifically black students. The student who is in potential trouble is a black student from a low-income household.
This petition calls for a few things:
1) Williams College should drop the charges against said student, and provide the support necessary for said student to fight the legal charges he incurred after CSS searched his room.
2) Williams College should hold a community meeting that is charged with re-thinking the disciplinary processes it utilizes to criminalize and punish those at this school that are already most marginalized.
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