Yes, they too can behave badly. In this case, it’s a witch hunt at a West Coast seminary, with the victims (that is one of them above) being asked by their teachers to turn over their laptops and months’ worth of emails. Whole story here. Excerpt:
Last May, the night before she was to graduate from Starr King School for the Ministry, in Berkeley, Calif., Suzi Spangenberg pulled up in her car to the school’s graduation dinner. Before going inside with her son, Ms. Spangenberg, a candidate for ordination as a Unitarian Universalist, checked her iPhone. She was shocked by the email she found.
“A letter was emailed out saying my diploma was being withheld,” Ms. Spangenberg said last week, at an interview at her lawyer’s office here. “I had people coming from out of state! They asked everyone graduating, ‘Please stand up.’ And I had just been told I wasn’t graduating. So I was sitting there.”
Ms. Spangenberg and one fellow student were awarded their diplomas “conditionally” — which is to say, they don’t have them yet. This was an early episode in a controversy that still clouds the already foggy skies over this small, pluralist Bay Area seminary. It’s the story of a presidential search marred by leaked documents, an inquisition to find the malefactors and a religious community questioning the tolerance for which it is famous.