Student Apologizes For Traumatizing Class By Wearing A Sports Jersey To Class

Cody Albrecht is very sorry.

His actions were “offensive and hurtful” and they will never happen again.

He has issued an official apology and has been publicly shamed.

So what was Cody Albrecht’s sin? He wore a Chicago Blackhawks sweatshirt to school.

This all happened at Bethel University, a small Christian school in Minnesota.

Albrecht – who is from Chicago – wore the jersey to his “Social Perspectives, Human Worth and Social Action” class, The College Fix reports.

Apparently, the mere presence of the jersey caused some frowny faces, especially with the instructor, James Jacobs, who is American Indian.

Albrecht offered to turn the shirt inside out after realizing how upset people said they were.

That wasn’t enough for Jacobs, who took to Facebook to whine about it.

jim bear jacobs first facebook post

“So your college professor is a Native American,” he wrote. “A Native American who has spoken multiple times about the offensiveness of Indian Mascots. Yet you come to class with an Indian mascot sprawled across your shirt… Bold move sir.”

The post has since been deleted.

One week after he wore the jersey, Albrecht issued a formal apology to the class. Professor Javobs called it a “teachable moment.”

“I’m glad to say that this became an incredible learning opportunity for the student we had a lengthy conversation about it and the student really listened to why those images are offensive and hurtful,” Jacobs stated on Facebook in a second post about the incident.

Neither Albrecht nor Jacobs would talk to the press, but students did.

One student told The College Fix he thought the reconciliation could be better described as a “public shaming.” “It was not necessary to get the head of his major’s department involved,” said the student, “they were using intimidation tactics.”

Other students expressed their frustrations in the comments section of the Clarion’s Facebook page. One commenter thinks “the professor needs to start teaching his students how to think instead of force-feeding them his fringe opinion.” “Is this satire?” asked another. Some praised the way the situation was handled by the student, or took a more light-hearted approach: “This seems pretty ridiculous. Although, as a Wild fan I am pretty triggered by the Blackhawks.”



Robert Gehl

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Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.

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