Harvard's Secret Court to Root Out Gay Students

In 1920, Harvard University was the site of a process so scandalous that it wasn’t made public until records were revealed in 2002. At the time it happened, the school considered the scandal to be the students’ behavior, but in the 21st century we know the real scandal was the university’s response and the cover up of their actions.

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It began when a Harvard student suddenly dropped out, went home to his parents, and committed suicide. It came out that he was having an affair with an older man. Letters he left behind named other students at Harvard who were also homosexual. School officials wanted to keep the matter quiet, in order to preserve the school’s reputation, and besides, one of the named students was the son of a former congressman. But they wanted those students out.

The results of the “Secret Court,” as it was actually called, were that eight students were expelled for no stated reason, and they were given negative recommendations if they applied to another school. One committed suicide soon afterward, and another a few years later. Read about Harvard’s Secret Court of 1920 at Messy Nessy Chic.

Source: neatorama

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