Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Villanova Removes Plaque Honoring Killer Of Disabled Infant

Villanova University, stung by criticism from students, alumni and others, removed a new plaque honoring a history professor who killed herself and her disabled infant daughter. The Roman Catholic university will instead organize a mental-health symposium and other efforts to honor Mine Ener's memory. "We understand the strong sentiments expressed by members of our extended community," the school said in a statement issued Monday. "At no time did the university nor anyone associated with the university intend to devalue the sanctity of life." Ener, 38, killed her 6-month-old daughter, Raya Donagi, by slitting the child's throat on a visit to Ener's parents' home in St. Paul, Minn., in August 2003. Less than a month later, she put a trash bag over her head and committed suicide in a Minnesota jail. Ener, a Middle East scholar who spoke several languages, had been overwhelmed caring for her daughter, who was born with Down syndrome. The history professor did not have the mental capability to be a murderer,said a colleague. You can't ignore that this has happened, but I think that one must be understanding to what motivated her, which was her mental illness.
Obviously, Since she was a university professor, There must of been all kinds of mental illness. Honoring her for being a failure at life is just sad and shameful!