Here's the actual policy draft. The so called "articles about living people" are actually specific heavily vandalized articles that are already eligible for semi-protection, and the "experienced volunteer editor for Wikipedia" is any account at least four days old that's made at least ten edits. Not exactly the epic failure of Wikipedia's core principles that the mainstream news media would like it to be. It's heavily ironic that that the NYT is too busy bashing Wikipedia to concern themselves with the facts of the story here.
You're just reiterating "the way things are" without any consideration of right or wrong. I understand that it's normal to violate the human dignity of students. I'm telling you that it's also wrong. These are not mutually exclusive concepts.
It's this stubborn refusal to acknowledge the difference between authority and morality that necessitates the rock throwing.