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Student Gov Leader Wrecks Pro-Life Display

From Life News and YouTube:

University of Wisconsin Student Govt Leader Vandalizes Pro-Life Display

by Steven Ertelt
May 7, 2008

Stevens Point, WI (LifeNews.com) — A University of Wisconsin Stevens Point student government leader is coming under fire for allegedly trashing a pro-life display on campus. Student senator Roderick King is said to have vandalized a display featuring crosses erected by the campus pro-life group to memorialize those babies killed in abortions.

The UWSP pro-life group Pointers for Life put up the Cemetery of the Innocents display and spent the morning last Thursday repairing the damage someone caused in an apparent vandalizism.

That’s when they were trashed a second time.

As students repaired the earlier damage, King led a group of angry students by walking through the rows of small crosses and plucking them from the ground and throwing them.

The national pro-life college group Students for Life of America told LifeNews.com that King began to voice his complaints and said that Pointers for Life had “no right” to display the crosses.

King said it was “his duty as a paying student” to take down the pro-life display.

The pro-life students notified campus Protective Services and, when an officer arrived, most of the students stopped vandalizing the display. However, King did not stop and claimed, “The freedom of speech does not cover these signs and symbols.”

According to a video pro-life students posted on YouTube, King refused to stop vandalizing the pro-life display until the campus security officer told him he would have to compensate the pro-life group for the damages he caused…

After the incident, Bob Tomlinson, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, apologized to Pointers for Life for the vandalism. Student government senators Katie Kloth and Erica Wardle reportedly stopped by the display and told the pro-life students they had properly reserved the space for the display and had a right to host it.

The evening of the vandalism, Pointers for Life submitted a complaint to the Student Government Association and asked for King to submit his resignation or face discipline from the body.

Students for Life of America tells LifeNews.com the SGA has yet to take any action against King.

Kryzkowski complained that the SGA has a responsibility to represent the rights of the members of her group.

“Student Senators should be helping to defend our freedom of speech, not trying to take it away because of personal beliefs,” she said…

All too typical, is it not?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 7th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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