The line between student activists and professors is blurred once again.

The Hill reports:

College professor accused of vandalizing Nebraska GOP lawmaker’s campaign signs

An assistant professor and political activist in Nebraska was ticketed Tuesday on suspicion of vandalizing a GOP lawmaker’s campaign signs.

Patricia Wonch Hill, a research assistant professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was ticketed on three counts of vandalism relating to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s (R-Neb.) yard signs, which were defaced during last year’s election cycle, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

A yard sign featuring the Nebraska republican’s face had googly eyes added to it and the “o” in Fortenberry’s name had tape added to it so it appeared as an “a,” making his last name read as “Fartenberry.”

Hill was also cited for allegedly vandalizing the front door of Sen. Deb Fischer’s (R-Neb.) campaign office

Hill, however, denied destroying any property.

“I learned more today about the charges against me from the news media than police shared with me when they wrote me the ticket,” she told The Hill. “Let me be clear, I have never destroyed any property. I look forward to my day in court when the burden will be on local authorities to prove I did.”

Police say they were able to identify Hill from fingerprints found on the signs and stickers left behind at Fischer’s door.


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