Tik Root ’12 is back in Middlebury but not yet settled.
After being evacuated from Midd’s Alexandria program in February, Root returned with others to finish the semester in Damascus, Syria. He arrived March 8th and started classes March 14th. He was arrested four days later and held for two weeks in a secret police facility on Baghdad Street before being released April 1st and deported the following day.
The timeline is relatively straightforward, and most of the campus has heard a version of it already. This post, based on an interview with Root on Monday, will emphasize new information that changes what we have heard so far, along with messages relevant to the larger Midd community. The Campus will also be basing an article on the interview; we have chosen to rely on longer direct quotes, trusting The Campus to contextualize and interpret further than we do.
We want to thank Root for opening a small window in his barrage of questions and interviews to talk with The Campus and MiddBlog. Welcome back.
Thanks and Clarifications
We can begin near the end of the interview, with Root’s discussion of why he chose to make his story public—or more public than it has already been. Read more