Email on the Student Protests in Montreal

Hi Charles,

I live in Montreal and I’ve been avoiding the downtown core for the last few weeks because of these student protests. They are out of control. They’ve blocked bridges, set off smoke bombs, thrown garbage and rocks at people, and last night, my fiancée got caught in the middle of a few hundred police officers and about 6,000 angry students.

This whole thing makes me so angry, because these protesters claim to be speaking for all students, but they’re not. They’re stopping real students from actually succeeding. My 19-year-old cousin spent a month studying for her final exams, but these idiots chained the doors shut to her school. She couldn’t get in the building to write her test. So she decided to go in through a different entrance, but protesters were standing there, blocking the way. The real students who actually WANTED to write their final exams became furious, so they all went over to Tim Horton’s, bought a bunch of coffee and started pouring it on the protesters. Obviously, this led to a massive fist fight. Great way to end the school year.

And, then my other 23-year-old cousin told me that her teacher decided to cancel her final exam. He was worried the protesters would get in the way. She was furious, because she had been studying for months, and this was her last university course before graduation.

And, on top of all of this, the protesters had the guts to disrupt her class, and beg the students to vote for the cancelation of all final exams, because they had missed too many classes and didn’t want to fail the semester. Give me a break.

I am truly embarrassed by all of this, but Charles I want you to know that our entire city is against them. In fact, I’m starting to think that most of these protesters are not even students, they’re just hooligans who get excited by this type of social unrest.

This has to stop. Now.

ST