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Parents Go To Drop Off Daughters At School- Outraged By Sign They See Outside

Residents were outraged when they discovered a sexually offensive sign hanging in front of a brick house on Labor Day – just as move-in weekend was beginning at nearby Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The obscene ‘sign’ showed a scrawled red message on a bedsheet and read: “Daughter drop off.” This vulgar and public sexual demand is a disgusting way to welcome new university students to Kingston.

Once a photo of the sign and house was uploaded onto Twitter, the story quickly went viral. Now, online commentators, local representatives and university officials are condemning the “inappropriate and offensive” message.

“Inappropriate and offensive signage is unacceptable, will not be tolerated, and will be proceeded against under the Code of Conduct.3/4” wrote Daniel Woolf, the Principal and Vice-chancellor of Queen’s University. While the sign may seem humorous and harmless to many readers, the truth is that these sorts of sexualized demands can be deeply unsettling to female and male members of the community.

Natasha Kornak, a twitter user and Kingston resident, emphasized that the message was particularly worrying for university students, tweeting: “‘Daughter drop off’ sign at Queen's. And they wonder why we have a sexual violence epidemic.” Another Twitter user, known as ‘erin’, posted a photo of the sign and wrote: “SPOTTED on Queen's University Campus. Rape culture is alive and well. I am livid -- you should be too.”

Luckily, the people of Kingston were not prepared to let the occupants of the house go unpunished. Susan Lord, an employee at Queen’s University, quickly assembled a group of 20 protestors to confront the people behind the crude sign. Ms. Lord’s efforts did not go unnoticed and a local Twitter account, Make It Home YGK, acknowledged her actions, tweeting: “Crowd gathering in front of Brock St house which yesterday had displayed sign saying "Daughter Drop Off"...These daughters weren't dropped off-they stopped by of their own volition. Weirdly, there doesn't appear to be anybody home to speak w/ them.”

Although no one was home by the time Ms. Lord arrived, she has since condemned the house inhabitants during an interview with the Kingston Heritage. "I've been working at Queen's since 1996 and we've seen repeatedly every year signs of this nature or worse. Queen's has a very strong policy around having a safe campus community and signs like this promote a lack of safety for women on campus,” she declared.

To make matters worse, Queen’s University students and teachers are already concerned about the university’s culture of sex, abuse and rape. In a recent case, Chance MacDonald, a student at Queen’s, made national headlines after he plead guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Mike Young, who also attends Queen’s, spoke out about the divisive case to HuffPost Canada. "It was a tricky time to be delving into conversations about rape culture on campus and that was one of the most unifying social media responses I've seen where people from all sorts of different ideological backgrounds were agreeing for the first time, it seemed, and that was really empowering," said Young.

Source: The Huffington Post
Photo: YouTube, The Huffington Post

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