Law school grad says he was forced to undergo PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION after questioning COVID policy
A Georgetown University law school graduate says he was forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation for questioning the school’s COVID-19 policies back in 2021.
William Spruance, who is now a practicing attorney, said he was suspended and forced by school administrators to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after questioning the law school’s COVID-19 and masking policies.
During an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Spruance said he had been encouraged to speak before a student council-like group before it was determined that he needed a medical evaluation.
He claims he was asked questions like ‘do you get angry about masks?’ and ‘do masks make you want to hurt anybody?’
Williams Spruance (left) speaks with Fox News host Tucker Carlson (right) about his experience questioning COVID-19 restrictions at his law school and being subjected to a psychiatric evaluation as a result
‘So after I was encouraged to give a speech to a student council-type group at Georgetown, I received an email that I was indefinitely suspended from the school, that I’d have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and waive my right to medical confidentiality,’ he said Monday night to the host.
‘During the psychiatric evaluation… it would start with kind of innocuous questions like, “Do you ever get angry?” followed by “do you get angry about masks?” and then, “do masks make you want to hurt anybody?”‘
‘So it was an ongoing cycle of questions that were designed to make me seem unhinged for being willing to question their COVID policies.’
The Fox News host appeared shocked and asked Spruance if any of the law school professors were willing to engage in a ‘rational’ conversation with him about the university’s masking policy.
Spruance said: ‘I found that individual professors were willing to have the conversation with me behind closed doors, but they wished to remain anonymous. As for the administrators, there was no such luck.’
The former law school student argued that ‘while ostensibly this was about COVID, it was really part of a much larger cycle of events at Georgetown Law.’
‘We had people like Sandra Sellers and Ilya Shapiro, who were thrown out of the institution just for being willing to question campus orthodoxies.’
Sellers, an intellectual property and high tech dispute expert, was fired in March of 2021 after being caught in a recorded conversation with a fellow professor lamenting the academic performance of her black students.
‘It happens almost every semester, and it’s like, oh, come on. You know, we get some really good ones but there also usually some of them that are just plain at the bottom,’ Sellers said in a 43-second clip.
Ilya Shapiro, a senior law lecturer and legal scholar at Georgetown University, resigned after being placed on leave last February following a tweet he wrote about the president’s Supreme Court pick.
Shapiro’s full tweet from last January read: ‘Objectively best pick for Biden is Sri Srinivasan, who is solid prog & v smart. Even has identity politics benefit of being first Asian (Indian) American. But alas doesn’t fit into latest intersectionality hierarchy so we’ll get lesser black woman. Thank heaven for small favors?’
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Georgetown Law dean William Treanor (pictured) has overseen the institution’s response to a number of controversial happenings in the last several years, most of which end poorly for the controversial position holders
In both instances, it was Georgetown Law dean Willian Treanor who oversaw the investigations and ultimate consequences of each scholar’s alleged misdeeds.
Spruance called all three incidents ‘part of an ongoing double standard where if you’re progressive and you regurgitate the proper slogans, then there’s an indemnity built into shouting down speakers.’
‘If you’re willing to question the orthodoxy of campus, then they’ll bring the whole horde of administrators against you and work to professionally and socially and reputationally destroy you,’ he said.
The attorney concluded that his alleged experiences with Georgetown Law school have not left him optimistic about the future of the institution or its graduates.
‘I think in the long run, it’s hard to be optimistic about future judges and administrators and unimpressive bureaucrats because Georgetown Law is really just an incubator for an unimpressive ruling class of tomorrow,’ he said.
‘I made it out of this process relatively unharmed. I mean, it was about a week that was difficult in my life. But going forward, people have come out to me since my piece was released about similar stories, and they’re going through far worse than me.’