Penn State Apologizes for Veteran Video

April 13, 2009

Pennsylvania State University has stopped using and apologized for a video prepared to help faculty members learn how to deal with students who could pose a safety risk. The video -- no longer available at Penn State but posted by critics to YouTube -- shows a veteran as being unwilling to accept the grades he receives and unwilling to accept responsibility for his work. He accuses his professor of giving him low grades because of her opposition to the war in Iraq and makes ominous statements. After veterans' groups said that the video stereotyped veterans, Penn State pulled it. A statement it gave to The Centre Daily Times said: “Unfortunately, in our efforts to also highlight in this video the potential services that are available to veterans, the portrayal of the student as a veteran may be viewed by some as unfairly stereotyping members of this important constituency. Penn State sincerely regrets any misperception."

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