Student Suspended from Colorado College for Social Media Posts Speaks Out

December 1, 2015

By Debbie Kelley at  Colorado Springs Gazette

Instead of sitting in class at Colorado College on Monday, Thaddeus Pryor was sitting at his family's home in southwest Colorado. He is no longer welcome on campus.

Pryor, a junior, said he was "suspended for two years" on the Friday before the Thanksgiving break for a six-word post on the anonymous Yik Yak social media application.

In response to someone else's post, #blackwomenmatter, Pryor wrote, "They matter, they're just not hot."

"It could be considered as mean," Pryor said in a phone interview Monday. "But I did not mean it as hateful or violent or anything of that sort."

Administrators determined that Pryor violated the school's code of conduct policies for "abusive behavior" and "disruption of college activities."

CC officials will not discuss the issue.

"Federal privacy laws do not allow us to disclose information about student disciplinary action," a spokeswoman said in an email.

Pryor said he is prohibited from stepping on campus grounds but technically remains registered as a student.

"It's kind of a slap in the face," he said. "Effectively, giving an upperclassman a two-year suspension is an expulsion."

His housemate, Lou Henriques, was expelled permanently on the same day for Yik Yak posts quoting a South Park episode in which a character appears on the Wheel of Fortune and tries to solve a "People Who Annoy You" puzzle with the letters N_GGERS showing. The correct answer is revealed to be "NAGGERS." Henriques also referenced a "race war" in his posts. He could not be reached for comment...

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