Family Owned Bakery Making A Comeback After Being Cancelled
(AmericanProsperity.com) – The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against Oberlin College in a multi-million-dollar appeal involving a local bakery. The small business won a lawsuit against the school in 2019, three years after an incident involving three black students. After three more years of fighting, the college will finally have to pay up.
Gibson's Bakery Wins! Ohio Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Oberlin College Appeal https://t.co/Cs8hB7OxcP
— William A. Jacobson (@wajacobson) August 30, 2022
On Tuesday, August 30, the state’s high court voted 4-3 against hearing Oberlin’s appeal. The suit was related to an incident that happened in 2016, when three black students were accused of attacking the bakery owner after a shoplifting incident. At that time, Jonathan “Elijah” Aladin tried to purchase a bottle of wine with a fake ID. The clerk, Allyn Gibson, refused and then noticed two bottles in the minor’s jacket.
Gibson tried to take a photo of Aladin, but the attempted shoplifter knocked the phone out of his hand. The boy tried to run, but the clerk grabbed him. The store owner, David Gibson, then got involved. Suddenly, two other students, Endia Lawrence and Cecelia Whettstone, jumped in and started beating the men. The three suspects were eventually arrested and pleaded guilty.
The Gibson Bakery was targeted by protesters in the aftermath of the attack after being accused by the Student Senate of racism, although the court determined that profiling played no part in the incident. The school punished the bakery by not ordering food from there and supporting the activists. The small business sued for slander, libel, and other complaints. A jury awarded the plaintiffs $11 million in compensatory damages and $33 million in punitive damages. The school was also ordered to pay $6.5 million in attorney fees.
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