Charges may be coming against dozens of students at Evergreen State College who held faculty hostage on campus in May 2017. This is a class C felony under Title 9A, Chapter 40, Section 040 of the Washington State code of law, which states, “a person is guilty of unlawful imprisonment if he or she knowingly restrains another person.” Those convicted of a class C felony could face a maximum of five years in prison.

According to an email from July 14, 2017, Vice President of Student Affairs Wendy Endress suggested that individuals at Evergreen who engaged in unlawful imprisonment may be charged with crimes:

“In the future, individuals could be charged with crimes including obstructing law enforcement, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and/or unlawful imprisonment,” said Endress. “Preventing a law enforcement officer from responding could place community members at great risk. Blocking egress doors is a violation of fire codes. This action endangered everyone in the Library.”

Dozens of people including Professor Bret Weinstein have publicly testified that white faculty and students were held hostage at Evergreen for hours after activist students blockaded exits and entrapped them against their wills. During the event, Evergreen College President George Bridges was accused of telling police to ‘stand down’ even as faculty members were contained inside their offices with no escape.

According to a report published by Campus Reform, the activist students were elated by their actions which included gangstalking, harassment, issued threats, criminal mischief, doxing, and unlawful imprisonment. As the hostage situation was ongoing, one student activist leader “emerged from the office to triumphantly declare that Bridges had just assured the mob that ‘police will not show up’,” (source). 

White faculty and students were even denied permission to use the bathroom without a protestor “escorting them.” In response to this, President Bridges said, “I was going to the bathroom regardless and they wanted to escort me. I felt very safe.” This statement suggests that not only did Bridges know about the hostage situation, he willingly participated in it.

Evergreen chaos erupted after student activists demanded a “day of absence” in which white people would voluntarily stay off campus as a statement recognizing their white privilege. Professor Bret Weinstein, who is politically liberal, refused to cooperate.

Weinstein was held hostage, threatened, and later doxed by the student activists, forcing him to flee his home. Weinstein also claims that his complaints to the administration at Evergreen have fallen on deaf ears.

Weinstein and his wife Heather Heying, who is also a professor at Evergreen, have filed a lawsuit seeking damages of more than $3.85 million.