Sinclair professor pens letter criticizing Brock Turner’s hometown

OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — A letter published in a column for The Washington Post is criticizing the culture created in Brock Turner’s hometown.

Kate Geiselman, a professor at Sinclair Community College and a mother who lives in Oakwood, had her column published on Wednesday.

It describes the city of Oakwood, where Brock Turner went to high school, as “The Dome,” where people are sheltered “from violence, poverty and inconvenient truths.”

“’s not hard to draw a straight line from this little ‘burb (or a hundred like it) to that dumpster at Stanford. What does being told “no” mean to that kid? If the world is his for the taking, isn’t an unconscious woman’s body? When he gets caught, why wouldn’t his first impulse be to run, make excuses — blame the Fireball, or the girl or the campus drinking culture? That is entitlement. That is unchecked privilege.”

The column follows outrage over the sentencing of Brock Turner, 20, who was convicted of raping a woman back on January 17, 2015 while he was a student-athlete at Stanford University.

Turner, who was facing ten years in prison, was given six months. He must also register as a sex offender.

Shortly after the sentencing in Santa Clara County Superior Court, a letter  to the judge from Turner’s father, Dan Turner, made its rounds on the internet.

In part of the letter, Turner’s father suggested the judge sentence his son to probation instead of jail time, saying a prison sentence was a “steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.”

The letter sparked anger across the nation.

In the days that followed, it was revealed more letters from those close to Turner were sent to the judge defending Turner’s character.

On Wednesday, a guidance counselor at Turner’s alma mater, Oakwood High School, sent a letter to the district apologizing for supporting Turner.

A local indie band, Good English, has also faced national backlash after it was discovered one of its members wrote a letter to the judge also supporting Turner. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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