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Karma Is A B-Word For Oberlin College

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Oberlin College, long known as one the military academies for social justice warriors, just found out how expensive inciting vengeful mobs of liberals to target innocent people can be after a jury slapped the college with some $43 million in real and punitive damages for its conduct toward family business Gibson’s Bakery.

The family business sued the college and Meredith Raimondo, its dean of students, after protests by students and allegations of racial profiling after a 2016 shoplifting incident in which an Oberlin student tried to use false identification to buy alcohol.

According to reporting by The Chronicle-Telegram last Friday the same jury awarded Gibson’s business and family members more than $11 million in actual or compensatory damages, bringing the total award to over $44 million.

“What does it take for a company worth $1 billion to know you care?”  That’s the question the Gibsons’ attorney Lee Plakas asked of the jury in his closing argument in the punitive damage phase of the Gibson family’s lawsuit against Oberlin College and Meredith Raimondo, the college’s dean of students. Plakas asked jurors to award up to a maximum of $35 million — $5 million to $8 million in damages to Gibson’s Bakery, $6 million to $9 million for Allyn Gibson and $12 million to $18 million for David Gibson reported The Chronicle-Telegram.

The lawsuit stems from a November 2016 shoplifting incident in which a student tried to buy alcohol with a fake ID and shoplift items. He was chased from the store by Allyn D. Gibson. The two got into an altercation outside, and two more students joined. The students are black, while the Gibsons are white. Following the incident, other students protested, alleging a pattern of racist behavior by the Gibsons, and the college ended its order for baked goods with the store.

The students involved in the shoplifting incident all pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, and stated their culpability in court while noting Gibson’s reaction was not racially motivated reported The Chronicle-Telegram.

Gibson’s sued the college and Raimondo alleging libel, infliction of emotional distress and interference with business relationships after several days of the protests.

Attorneys for Gibson’s Bakery said during the trial that Meredith Raimondo and other Oberlin College administrators knew students planned to protest in front of the bakery hours before the demonstrations started Nov. 10, 2016, reported Scott Mahoney of The Chronicle-Telegram.

Raimondo, the vice president and dean of students at Oberlin College, received an email from students about 11 p.m. the night before that Gibson’s attorneys called a “declaration of war” against the bakery. In his opening statement, Lee Plakas, representing Gibson’s, referred to the series of incidents leading up to and through the protests as “teachable moments” that college administrators ignored and instead chose to “pour gasoline on the fire” and “fan the flames.”

Raimondo, Plakas said, could have talked with the students and stopped the protests and instead got involved with the protest herself — saying witnesses said she was orchestrating the protests, was on a bullhorn during them and that she passed out a flier that alleged Gibson’s Bakery was a racist establishment reported Mr. Mahoney.

Plakas also pointed out that the college tried to force the bakery to drop the criminal charges against the students. He read an email sent by Oberlin College Special Assistant to the President for Community and Government Relations Tita Reed to other administrators in regards to that allegation.

“Can we draft a legal agreement clearly stating that once charges are dropped, orders will resume?” Reed said in the email. “I’m baffled by their [the Gibsons] combined audacity and arrogance to assume the position of victim.”

We leave it to our readers to decide if a business is a victim if thieves take something from that business, assault its employee and break the State of Ohio’s alcoholic beverage laws in the process – and then are convicted for their crimes – or if there is a more collegiate terms that applies. Maybe referring to Gibson’s Bakery as a casualty, martyr, dupe, butt, mark, patsy, pawn, pigeon, prey, quarry, sacrifice, stooge, sucker or gudgeon would show how high minded and literate we are, but it wouldn’t change the fact that they were victimized by a liberal mob enabled and apparently encouraged by Oberlin College.

Plakas said that after the three students were arrested, multiple administrators from the college went to the Oberlin Police Department “to support the students” even though there was no question the students had committed a crime.

Administrators with Oberlin College also sent communications to the college’s Board of Trustees for the college to “come up with money to pay for the attorney fees and hiring attorneys” for the three students, Plakas said. A limousine was hired by Raimondo to drive at least one of the students from Oberlin to Columbus and back to meet with an attorney there about the case.

Now here’s where the Leftist caterwauling gets laughable -- Oberlin College attorney Rachelle Zidar told the jury the college is sorry, is working on improving student behavior and asked the jury not to make a massive award that would impact Oberlin’s bottom line. “Allow us to move forward and not go backward.”

Ms. Raimondo and Oberlin have given a new meaning to the term limousine liberal. So, pardon us for taking such a hard line, its sure to hurt someone’s feelings somewhere, but the only way for Oberlin “to move forward” is to recruit and admit students who aren’t thieves and to hire administrators who see their jobs as inculcating values like honesty and integrity in their students instead of using false claims of racism to facilitate a near riot to support students who clearly should have been expelled instead of mollycoddled.

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