San Diego State University (SDSU) canceled a planned October speech by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos Tuesday, following security concerns and the need for 20 bomb-sniffing dogs.
The SDSU College Republicans were supposed to receive a price quote for security from campus police, but the cops instead told the group that it could not host the event at all, reported Campus Reform.
“This morning’s agenda was supposed to consist of a quote outlining security costs from Chief Mays,” said Brandon Jones, president of the school’s College Republicans, in a statement obtained by Campus Reform.”Instead, we were blindsided by university leadership with the cancelation [sic] of our event.”
Jones asserted that the meeting was the fourth meeting in four weeks between campus administration and himself in order to plan the Oct. 29 event, one of a slew of college and commercial dates planned for Yiannopoulos’ Troll Academy tour. The SDSU police informed Jones that security for the event would require 20 bomb-sniffing dogs and six hours of work, demands outside of SDSU’s capacity.
“The sudden decision to claim ‘lack of resources’ for an event that has been planned since May is highly suspicious and suggests this is another example of bureaucratic censorship and stonewalling by a left-wing campus administration,” said Yiannopoulos in a Facebook statement. “The SDSU College Republicans have retained an attorney to fight back against this violation of their free speech rights, and they have my full support.”
“Due to a previously scheduled event at the same venue location, [SDSU’s police] has determined that they cannot effectively prepare, inspect and safely secure the venue site in the time available prior to the proposed start of the Milo Yiannopoulos event,” said Christine Hutchins, the school’s associate vice president and chief communications officer. “The university has offered to work with the student organization to possibly host the speaker by reviewing alternative dates during the academic year. Should alternative dates be considered…proper lead time will need to be factored in for the university and the [police] to conduct its due diligence and security needs assessment.”
(Editor’s Note: This reporter worked with Milo Yiannopoulos as an intern in 2015 and contributed to Breitbart from 2015 to 2016.)
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