Four Northern Kentucky University students have been arrested for vandalizing a Pro-Life display. Ironically, one of the perpetrators said destroying the display was his “right to free speech.” Police didn’t buy it:
The student group in question here is Northern Right to Life, which according to KyPost.com set up a display which “consisted of baby clothes on a line with a red ‘x’ through every fourth one.” A spokesperson for the student group said the “x” was supposed to represent “that every fourth baby is aborted in America.”
After the group’s display was vandalized twice, frustrated members staked out the display in the hopes of catching the perpetrators in the act. As KyPost.com reports:
When [the vandalism] happened a second time, NRTL member Nathaniel Hall said, “I was tired of it.”
So he and a friend from Thomas Moore [sic] College decided to hide in plain sight to catch the troublemakers. They hid in a metal boxlike sculpture a few feet away during the night.
They weren’t disappointed.
“I saw one of the guys run over and start cutting it down,” Hall said.
He called the police. The vandals took off.
“We wound up chasing them across campus,” Hall said.
The police caught three suspects; Travis Black, Steven White and Montez Jenkins Copeland.
KyPost.com also notes that
A fourth suspect, Kyle Pickett turned himself in.
Ironically, in a phone conversation Pickett agreed with Roberts, as he defended the actions.
“Tearing it down was expressing our right to free speech,” he said.
NKU is the same university where a former professor, Sally Jacobsen, incited her students to destroy a Northern Right to Life display in 2006. Read more about this story over at the FIRE blog.