Demonstrators wearing megaphones demonstrated outside the business, with staff including student dean Meredith Raimondo present and calling the bakery a ‘racist establishment’.
The bakery staff, who bore the brunt of the wrath, were mistreated and their car tires slashed.
Lee Plakas, the Gibsons’ attorney, said the college failed to be the “adults in the room.”
“Here’s a college where tuition is about $70,000 a year, and if you’re sending kids to college and paying that tuition, you can reasonably expect there to be a adult in the room. The adult will be a moderating voice,” he told the Daily Mail in April. “But these adults were pouring gasoline on what should have been a spark and it became hell.”
In 2017, as the bakery’s business continued to suffer, the Gibsons sued the college and Ms Raimondo, accusing them of encouraging the protests by suspending classes, providing food and drink to protesters and handing out the flyers.
Lorna Gibson, whose husband David died during the protracted litigation, said the dispute jeopardized the survival of the bakery.
“Things were falling apart. We had to lay off many of our workers.
Oberlin said it was not legally responsible for the protests by its students and staff and denied any wrongdoing. The academics were present in their personal capacity and exercising their right to freedom of expression, he added.
But Mr Plakas said following the Supreme Court’s decision this week: “Oberlin College has never been tried for the free speech of its students.
“Instead, the jury unanimously determined that Oberlin College had defamed the Gibsons. Despite the spin the college places on the facts of this case, the defamatory statements have never enjoyed protections under first amendment.”
The boycott is still ongoing, the Gibsons’ legal team told The Telegraph.
A college spokesperson said he regretted the court’s decision.
“The issues raised by this case have been difficult, not only for the parties involved, but for the entire Oberlin community and its residents, and the downtown business community.