Brooklyn College in the Land of the Free had a novel way of dealing with a student who claimed that there was a spy camera in her room.
When she went to the Brooklyn College Campus Security and Safety Office to complain that her off campus landlord was using a spy cam on her, they offered her an involuntary two-week stay at a psychiatric hospital to treat her “paranoia”.
The only thing was that the landlord had installed a spy camera in Chinemerem Eze’s bedroom. It is not clear why, or what he was doing with the film. However, Eze found the camera after she had been “cured” by the hospital.
By the time she got out of the loony bin she missed her final exams and was not able to complete them.
As a result she wound up losing a scholarship she’d received from the school.
Since she is in the US, she is suing the security officers, psychologist, and the school for negligence, emotional distress, and false imprisonment. Her lawyer, Andrew Spinnell, says this was “totally inappropriate conduct by the college.”
Brooklyn College is a state school so it will have to be defended by the New York Attorney General’s office on the taxpayer’s dime.
According to Forbes all this happened in 2008, Brooklyn College’s case might be strengthened by the fact that Eze also claimed there was a defamaton campaign against her on the Internet and this suggested that she was paranoid.
However, just because you are paranoid it does not mean that people are not out to get you. In this case it appears that her landlord was spying on her and society really was out to get her. We always thought that sending dissidents to mental hospital’s was a trick of Stalin’s.