Whiny Princeton students on hunger strike complain school isn’t monitoring their vital signs

Princeton University students who began a hunger strike last week are now calling out the school for “not at all taking care of us.”

A short video making the rounds on social media has sparked ridicule as one of the protesting students clarified that they are not getting all the attention they crave.

Accusing the administration of “lying to the media,” the activist claimed, “To the media, they have announced that they have been consistently sending their own doctors to come to our area and monitor us hunger strikers.”

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“This is a lie!” she exclaimed.

“They are not monitoring our health. They are not keeping track of our vitals. They are not at all taking care of us in any regard,” she declared.

“They have only sent a spokesperson from UHS twice to give us informational pamphlets but they are not at all, at all, taking care of us in any regard and I want to make that very clear,” she added.

The voluntary hunger strike by the pro-Palestine Princeton Gaza Solidarity Encampment continues after talks with administration officials and university President Christopher Eisgruber reportedly proved unproductive.

“The students’ demands have been public since April 25, when they began their sit-in. The protestors want the University to divest from Israeli companies and American military funding, an academic boycott of Israel, and cultivation of academic ties with Palestinian academic institutions, including setting up scholarships for those who have been displaced from Gaza,” according to Patch.

“They also want Princeton to drop all criminal and disciplinary action against the students who were arrested and barred from campus after a sit-in at Clio Hall,” the outlet added.

“We simply presented these demands and Eisgruber gave us nothing,” one of the activists said in a statement. “We spoke of the urgency of the situation and Rafah were 1.5 million people shelter with nowhere to go as bombs rained down on them. We spoke of the health and well-being of the hunger-striking students who have committed their bodies entirely to Palestinian Liberation. One of our students shared the experience of her family’s village in the West Bank being finally attacked by settlers facing mass displacement and murder and Eisgruber did not care.”

“They’ve denied us the free expression that they pride themselves on arresting and disciplining our friends. They’ve denied us the right to encamp properly, forcing hunger-striking students to starve in the cold and rain all weekend long, denying them basic shelter,” said another member of the group who can – at any time- seek shelter, eat and care for themselves.

Eisgruber said in a message to the campus community that while he hopes to find a resolution, he “cannot allow any group to circumvent those processes or exert special leverage.”

“As the protest activity and rhetoric has intensified, I have heard from members of our community who say that they feel less welcome or secure on campus because they are encountering antisemitic language and behavior that should have no place at Princeton,” Eisgriber said. “Some people believe we are tolerating too much protest on the campus and some that we are not tolerating enough.

“Finding a path forward will require that we respect all of these perspectives. That will not be easy. Never have I seen our campus more riven with passionate disagreements, disagreements that encompass the war in Gaza as well as issues about Princeton itself.”

The hunger strikers’ complaints about not having their vitals checked met a wave of anger and mockery on social media.

Frieda Powers


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