"I deeply regret my impulsive action in dismantling that display."Yesterday she was put on leave until her retirement - she will not return to school. Jacobsen drew fire from even those sympathetic with her pro-abortion views and recieved a formal reprimand from NKU President James Votruba:
"This was a very serious lapse in judgment. You don't invite students to participate in breaking the law or inhibiting other's free speech. You just don't do that if you're a faculty member. And I think the university has responded appropriately but I also think you have to look at a career over 27 years..not just in terms of a single act."Free speech certainly won a victory in this case and NKU should be congratulated for acting quickly and with integrity. We can appreciate and respond gracefully to Jacobsen's apology - hopefully it will also be made to the students with more than a simple statement of regret.
Photo: the cemetery of the innocent courtesy Northern Right to Life
In an e-mail dated April 18, Jacobsen wrote to her students:
"I want to do everything I can to keep any of you from being specifically named," she said. "And I am very sorry I got you involved in this."Given her initial public statement that her students were responsible for the vandalism (while not admitting to her own participation), Iím not sure I would trust her apology. And, since it was her advice that led to this ridiculous situation, perhaps her students should think twice about listening to the legal counsel she provides in the email:
"In the meantime, the campus police continue their investigation," she said. "If you have not yet been interrogated, you do not have to talk to them without an attorney. You can make it hard to find you. Again, I am so sorry."