Parents who allow their children to participate in the University of California at Berkeley's 25th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Learning Festival this year, will have to sign a waiver indemnifying the school against a bevy of potential consequences of egg hunting, including "catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death."
Reason Magazine reports that the legal forms, which took around a half hour to receive and sign, shocked parents who were expecting their children to participate in an enriching activity, not an almost certainly dangerous one.
"According to the waiver, which was obtained by Reason," the outlet writes, "the undersigned agreed that 'Participation in The Activity carries with it certain risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries.' These risks ranged from '1) minor injuries, such as scratches, bruises and sprains 2) major injuries such as eye injury or loss of sight, joint or back injuries, heart attacks, and concussions to 3) catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death.'"
Oddly enough, Egg Hunt participants weren't exactly challenged by the ensuing melee. One professor, who brought his children to the event, described the "hunt" as more of a "grab," where children were basically set free on a flat lawn to select five eggs that weren't "hidden" so much as they were simply laid on the ground.
"I'm glad they put this event on," the professor told Reason, before suggesting that Berkeley was being overly careful in indemnifying itself against injuries that might happen at a child-focused event. "We're in Scandinavia for a chunk of the summer, and our kids just run around at parks. They're jumping off things, and some of our friends there say we should be grateful for the small accidents, because then we learn from them, and that prevents the big accidents."
Although the waiver was probably compiled by the university's lawyers, keen to keep the university from being the subject of multi-million dollar egg hunt-injury lawsuits, the sudden care and concern for campus denizens is somewhat ironic for UC Berkeley, where just last year, Antifa raged and parts of the town of Berkeley, California had to be barricaded.
Law enforcement that manned the protests, which occurred on the first anniversary of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were shocked that no one was injured during those events, according to the Washington Examiner, given that around twenty demonstrators (many of whom were likely students), had armed themselves with improvised explosive devices, which they threw at Berkeley police.
Just last week, students at one of the school's gender-segregated dorms (they still exist, apparently) reported their own hazard: an infestation of mice.
Perhaps the strangest thing about the waiver, though, isn't what it includes but what it leaves out. Nowhere on the paper that Reason obtained does there appear to be indemnification against micro-aggressions, mis-gendering, emotional distress, or exposure to non-vegan plastics or the trappings of an organized religion — all things you'd expect Berkeley parents might be concerned about.
In fact, the event was shockingly titled an "Easter Egg hunt," which seems overtly Christian.