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Yale Law School cancels classes so students can protest 'very real threat' of Kavanaugh

Yale Law School cancelled classes to give students time to protest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on campus and in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Students at Yale Law School are protesting against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh because of sexual assault allegations against him -- and now the school has cancelled classes to accommodate them, according to The Cut.

These future lawyers of America have been protesting both on campus and in Washington, D.C. to convince lawmakers to vote against confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, so the school cancelled more than 30 scheduled classes Monday morning in anticipation of widespread absences.

“As a community, we are here today to show that we take allegations of sexual assault and harassment seriously,” said Diane Lake, a second-year law student, according to the Hartford Courant. “We are here today to discuss the very real threat that Brett Kavanaugh poses to this country."

How big are the protests?

Yale Law School students began silent protests last week, after California professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school.

This week, more than a hundred students traveled to D.C. to protest at the Supreme Court and to meet with Senators about the nomination. The increased protest activity is owed to another sexual assault allegation by Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh had assaulted her while they were freshmen at Yale.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a Yale alum, showed up for the on-campus protests and addressed the students.

“There is no way that the U.S. Senate, in good conscience, can vote on this nomination without a full investigation," Blumenthal told them.

What did the school say about it?

Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken issued a statement supporting the students' calls for a thorough investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh. From the Courant:

"Many of our faculty and students have taken actions to raise these concerns about the confirmation process. Fifty members of our faculty have signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, urging the Senate to ‘conduct a fair and deliberate confirmation process,’ and our students have organized a protest and community action that is taking place at Yale Law School and in Washington, D.C., today,’’ Gerken said.

“Students have worked with the Law School administration and faculty so that the community can come together as a whole to discuss this important moment in our country’s history,’’ she said in a statement released by Yale Law School.

(H/T Hot Air)

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