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According to a complaint by one Mississippi College senior, school administrators deemed him a threat to himself and others before unjustly suspending him. Jeremy Rawls, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Iraq, returned home with a goal of continuing his education. He told Campus Reform that he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following his military service and, as a result, must register as a disabled student prior to each new semester at Mississippi College.
Part of that process, he explained, involved visiting a campus counselor who, upon meeting with him for the first time, was dressed in Islamic attire.
“It’s not that I didn’t want to participate,” he said of the potential culture clash, noting that he “didn’t want to traumatize her” by addressing his personal disabilities.
Instead, he said he tried repeatedly to speak with college officials in an effort to meet with another counselor. His efforts were initially unsuccessful; and, when he was granted an audience with school officials, he said he was given a reprimand instead of assistance.
Due to his protracted recovery from a recent surgery, Rawls said his paperwork was late prior to the beginning of the latest semester.