Sometimes a banana is just a banana, even among college snowflakes at a Mississippi university.
The incident at the University of Mississippi last month was triggered by students who are unprepared for the real world, not by a banana hanging in a tree, says columnist Deroy Murdock.
University of Mississippi student Ryan Swanson told black students that he didn't mean to cause anxiety and fear when he tossed the banana peel in a tree after he was unable to find a garbage can.
Murdock, however, tells OneNewsNow the real problem is that the students suffer from arrested emotional development.
"There's a lot of adversity in life. Terrible things can happen to people," he observes. "And one of the reasons you go college is to learn to go from being a child to being an adult, and develop the kind of skills you need to cope with all the things that life throws at you."
Instead of coping with a banana in a tree, he says, the Ole Miss students acted like "screaming brats."
The Daily Mississippian reported that students were "hurt, frightened and upset" after the incident and Swanson, the banana thrower, wrote that "there is no excuse for the pain that was caused" by his littering, which black students suspected was a racist incident.
"I would hope," says Murdock, "that the black students who have this total freak-out of a meltdown in this instance, and others like it, will give some thought to how silly it makes not just them look but it makes all black Americans look."
The biggest villains in this incident, he adds, are the school administrators who should have exhibited some adult supervision.