Cal State Los Angeles Prof ‘Physically Triggered’ by ‘Build the Wall’ Display on Campus

Workers build a border fence in a private property located in the limits of the US States of Texas and New Mexico taken from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on May 26, 2019. (Photo by HERIKA MARTÍNEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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California State University, Los Angeles Professor Carlos Tejeda claims that he was almost forced to cancel classes after he was “emotionally and physically triggered” by a pro-Trump “Build the Wall” display on campus. Tejeda called the display an “outright attack on the psyches and well-being of more than few students, faculty, and staff.”

According to a press release by the Young America’s Foundation (YAF), Cal State L.A. Professor Carlos Tejeda had a visceral reaction to a “Build the Wall” display that had been constructed on campus.

According to YAF, after encountering an activism display on campus that promoted President Trump’s plan to build a wall on the southern border, education professor Carlos Tejeda claimed in a letter to faculty and staff that he was “emotionally and physically triggered.” Tejeda was so traumatized by the display that he claims he almost canceled class.

“I nearly had to cancel class because of how shaken I am about seeing a ‘Build the Wall’ banner on our campus,” Tejeda wrote in email. The display “poses a threat to the mental well-being of many of our students, staff, and faculty [and] violates their sense of safety on their campus,” he wrote,  adding that the display “was not simply an exercise of ‘free speech,’ but an outright attack on the psyches and well-being of more than few students, faculty, and staff.”

This isn’t the first time this year that the university has been triggered over right-wing thought. Cal State L.A. President William Covino published a letter earlier this year condemning conservative students for inviting a right-wing political commentator to campus.

“When the actions of a few on our campus lack the compassion and sensitivity that characterize healthy dialogue, it is our collective responsibility to restore those values. I stand, in unwavering solidarity, with all our students, regardless of their immigration status… Dreamers and other immigrant students are transforming their lives through education and realizing their dreams,” Covino wrote.

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