An online petition seeking the reinstatement of Ghanaian student Elom Tettey-Tamaklo at Harvard University has garnered over 5,000 signatures.
The petition emerged following reports that Tettey-Tamaklo was allegedly expelled for expressing views on the Israel-Hamas conflict, particularly in support of Palestine.
Harvard PSC (Palestine Solidarity Committee) asserts that he has been suspended as a residential advisor and is facing disciplinary actions for speaking out about the situation in Gaza.
“Harvard is evicting a Black man, Elom Tettey-Tamaklo, for speaking out about Palestine. His crime? Protecting students from an instigator who tried to dox them. A senior university leader called Elom a ‘gang’ member and pointed to his residence in Harvard Yard.
“The university then suspended him as a residential advisor, citing ‘student discomfort’ and promoting racial stereotypes about violent and unsafe Black men. This is a blatant lie, as none of his students have raised any concerns. Harvard is setting a dangerous, ugly precedent: free speech ends when Palestine begins,” parts of the post reads.
Now, the online petition titled ‘Calling on Harvard to Reinstate Elom as Proctor’ has gained traction on change.org, amassing over 5,000 signatures since its creation on November 18, 2023. It has a target of 7,000 signatures.
The petition expresses public outrage over the perceived unjust suspension of Elom Tettey-Tamaklo, a Ghanaian student at Harvard, and criticizes the school administration for allegedly providing a misleading description of the suspended student’s character.