Purdue’s Student Government president apologizes for Facebook post after election

Purdue University's Student Government president apologized after a Facebook post encouraged students to take the day off after election (WLFI).
Purdue University's Student Government president apologized after a Facebook post encouraged students to take the day off after election (WLFI).

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University’s Student Government president apologized after a Facebook post encouraged students to take the day off after Tuesday’s election. The president said it was for students feeling “fearful and hopeless for the future.”

Many Purdue students are speaking out against a Student Government Facebook post that was sent out a day after the election.

“I took it as a very biased post personally,” said Purdue student Austin Deardorf. “As a leader, you strive on being an unbiased for the entire community.”

The PSG president posted a template letter in the organization’s Facebook page Wednesday. The template was a fill in the blank letter students could use to ask for an excused absence.

“I don’t really see that as a reason to miss class personally,” said Deardorf.

Press Secretary Jake Jenkins said the post was intended for students who felt anxious after watching the election. Students like him and his friends.

“I watched them kind of recede inwards and start to feel this anxiety about potentially losing some of their rights.”

Several students used the letter, Jenkins included. He said he’s feeling better now, but he doesn’t know if it was the right call.

“I’m a little worried that we may have divided the community more than we intended,” said Jenkins.

Student government member Brian Carter said, “The post has had around 450 shares. So thousands and thousands of people have seen it now. The comments are overwhelmingly negative.”

Carter said the post was released without the body’s consent.

“What was the message that was sent out? It wasn’t the right one,” said Carter. “It’s not the one that President Obama has encouraged people to take or Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.”

The Purdue Student Government president sent out an apology letter Thursday.

“I think we want to encourage people to be courageous, to get out — make their voice heard,” said Carter.

News 18 reached out to the PSG president, but she was unable to do an on-camera interview Friday.