SLU Charges Counter-Protesters with Student Misconduct

So much for freedom of speech on today’s college campuses…

“While we didn’t expect to be greeted with open arms, we did expect that our free speech would be respected and protected by the University. Yet, it was not, and it is not.”

Patrick Ishmael
School of Law
St. Louis University

Photo from the die-in
News Buckit founder Patrick Ishmael and 14 others were charged with student misconduct by Saint Louis University for handing out flyers protesting a very political PaxChristiUSA die-in on campus last month:

Last Tuesday, SLU’s campus ministry and the SLU chapter of Pax Christi sponsored a “Die-In” in protest of the Iraq War, complete with tombstone-shaped placards printed with names of the deceased. Participants showed up, grabbed a tombstone from a pile, and laid down in the middle of campus to simulate dead Iraqis and American soldiers.

I was horrified that my school would support such a cynical and political display, and I along with 15 others protested the protest, reading aloud articles about the humanitarian disaster a pullout would create and passing out an alternative view of what was going on – that those “dying in” represented those that would die if we left, rather than those that had already passed away.

While we didn’t expect to be greeted with open arms, we did expect that our free speech would be respected and protected by the University. Yet, it was not, and it is not.

During our protest, my colleagues and I were called “cowards” by a SLU employee backing the protesters, saying that we should all be in Iraq if we “really care.” Event supporters called DPS to break up our outcry even though we were speaking out civilly and peacefully, but to date, SLU has not contacted the lone responding officer who, it just so happens, thought we were being anything but disruptive.

Now the University is advancing charges of student misconduct against those that spoke out against the event. And it’s not because we stopped the protesters or prevented them from doing anything by our actions, as we did neither.

NOTE: They didn’s burn anything down, or bust windows, or poop on a flag, they just give an alternative view.
That was their mistake.
Leftists don’t like this.

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