To the editor,
The controversy surrounding the incident at St. Mary's University apparently has its critics and those who will say the students were merely having fun and did not realize the content of the chant would upset so many people. These are young adults very much aware of what they were chanting.
The fact they are attending university in the first place means that they are educated adults ready for a university education in order to be our doctors, lawyers, educators and many other professions. I suggest they are very much aware of their conduct and fully understand the meaning of words. Excuses do not lessen the severity of this issue.
The Rehtaeh Parsons case is one of many incidents that have taught us the urgency of positive action. Those who believe that this should be rectified by inaction are sweeping this under the carpet. I fully believe these "adults" should at the very least lose a full semester. Perhaps then they will realize the seriousness of their action. A strong backbone is required to deal with this sort of disgusting behaviour.