An Ohio college student kicked down pro-life crosses erected to represent babies lost to abortion, Monday.
The unidentified student defaced a pro-life display set up by the Miami University Hamilton’s Students for Life chapter, according to a Students for Life of America press release obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Campus security has identified the vandal and the university is investigating the incident. (RELATED: Guy Goes Berserk At Sight Of Pro-Life Signs On Campus [VIDEO])
“We are glad that after standing up for their free-speech rights against their university that students are not being intimidated by pro-choice students who are vandalizing their display,” Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said. “Students for Life appreciates the school’s willingness to help with this issue and demands other schools facing the same threats to free-speech support their students against vandalism.”
Miami University settled a March lawsuit with its main campus Students for Life chapter after requiring students to use trigger warnings at an abortion memorial. The school backed off this prescription and agreed to change its “disorderly conduct” policy to omit expression that “causes alarm, annoyance, or nuisance,” reported The College Fix. The school paid the students $200 for damages and paid over $22,000 in attorneys’ fees to the legal nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom.
“It’s discouraging to see students so upset at free speech and pro-life views they feel the need to vandalize our display,” former Miami University Hamilton Students for Life President Ellie Wittman said. “However, we are encouraged by the university’s quick response to the incident and their support for our display.”
“Miami University promotes and protects the right to free speech and expression,” Miami University spokeswoman Claire Wagner told TheDCNF, reporting that the university had approved the pro-life display and that the vandalism was referred to the school’s office of ethics and conflict resolution for investigation.
This post has been updated with comment from Miami University.
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