Mcall.com - Megan Thode isn’t the first Lehigh University student who was unhappy with the grade she received in a course. But she may be the first to sue to get it changed. The C+ that Thode was given scuttled her dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor and was part of an effort to force her out of the graduate degree program she was pursuing, said her lawyer, Richard J. Orloski, whose lawsuit seeks $1.3 million in damages. Thode, the daughter of well-known Lehigh finance professor Stephen Thode, was attending the Bethlehem school tuition-free in 2009 when she received the poor mark in her field work class. But instead of working to address her failings, she “lawyered up” and demanded a better grade, Hamburg said.
“She has to get through the program. She has to meet the academic standards,” Hamburg said. She needed a B to take the next course of her field work requirement. Orloski said she would have received that grade but for the zero in classroom participation that she was awarded by her teacher, Amanda Carr. Hamburg and Michael Sacks, another Lehigh lawyer, said that while Thode may have looked like a good student on paper, she was not ready to move on. They said Thode showed unprofessional behavior that included swearing in class and, on one occasion, having an outburst in which she began crying.
With Thode on the witness stand Monday, Sacks underscored that Lehigh paid Thode’s freight — not just as a graduate student, but as an undergraduate at York College of Pennsylvania — because her father is a professor. Sacks also said the university set her up with jobs over the course of her attendance. “Even after you sued Lehigh, you were getting free tuition and working for Lehigh?” Sacks asked. “Yes,” Thode acknowledged.
The $1.3 million she is seeking represents the difference in her earning power over her career if she was instead a state certified counselor, according to Orloski.
There are balls and then there are big old balls. This chick has giganto balls. I mean she’s on full scholarship. Her dad is a professor at Lehigh. Yet despite all this she’s still suing the school 1.3 million because she got a C+. Just no regard for human life whatsoever. And guess what? I ain’t mad at her for it either. Yeah usually I hate shit like this, but fuck it. Lehigh and schools administrators in general have nobody to blame but themselves for this shit. They are the ones who have created this “everybody is a a winner society” Coddling kids until they literally think it’s against the law not to give em what they want. You made your bed now you got to sleep in it.
PS – Anybody who goes to Lehigh has rocks in their head to begin with. I visited Lehigh. I took one look at that fucking mountain that the side of the campus sits on and was like no thanks. Not walking up and down that shit everyday. Peace out suckers.