Washington State University was the latest campus to be victimized under the guise of social justice.
Sophomore political science student Keaton Aspell, from Montreal, took to Facebook to share a video of himself taking down a display of 300 crosses set up by the Students for Life organization. The crosses, representing 10 babies each, stands for the 3,000 babies aborted each day in the United States, according to the World Health Organization. Watch the video below:
Aspell wrote on Facebook that he did not feel the display “was accomplishing that goal (of educating on pro-life causes) at all. Nobody who saw this left more educated or informed and mostly were disgusted, this targeted women who have already got through the struggle of choosing abortion in order to make them feel guilty.”
He added on social media that he received congratulations from a few students who were against the display. According to the school newspaper, the Daily Evergreen, the Students for Life (SFL) group took all the proper steps necessary to be allowed to stick those crosses into the ground, going to WSU Facilities services in advance of the April 12 cross-staking.
After members of SFL returned to put the display and signs back up, Aspell returned to once again rip off the crosses and signs. Nicole Manzione, one of the SFL members, said she called the police when Aspell returned, and tried to engage in polite discourse with him.
“We tried to have a good conversation with him, calm and civil, and he just kept taking them down no matter what we said,” Manzione said.
This argument gradually turned larger as students on both sides of the debate showed up in large groups, before being separated by WSU police. SFL members were referred to the Registrar’s Office, Dean of Students, and Office of Student Involvement afterwards.
Aspell, in a second Facebook post, apologized to the pro-life group, and thanked them for not pressing charges. This about-face seems to have come after police explained the possible legal implications of his actions. He, along with three other students, went to three offices on campuses to explore the possibilities of having a peaceful protest, but finished by saying,”I will not apologize for standing up for the women this demonstration attacked and meant to shame.”
James Allsup, president of the WSU College Republicans, and popular conservative Youtuber, quickly whipped up a rebuttal video in response.
“This is a clear-cut case of vandalism, and a clear-cut case of a leftist student using force to stifle free speech they disagree with,” he said in the video. “This isn’t even an inherently political display. This is a memorial to dead babies.”
Allsup contrasted the reaction on the left with ripping up a memorial for dead children, to the riots over Milo Yiannopoulos’s appearance at UC Berkeley. Watch the video below:
WSU President Kirk Schultz issued a statement supporting freedom of expression on campus. A WSU spokesperson insists the pro-life posters were not removed by vandals, and that the student group “took it down themselves.
“They can get another authorization and set it up again, if they wish,” WSU spokesperson Robert Strenge told Red Alert. “The authorization process is really nothing more than a scheduling mechanism.”
Nonetheless, the school’s police officials “have referred the student who knocked down the crosses to our Office of Student Conduct for a disciplinary hearing on a charge of vandalism,” Strenge said.