“In certain quarters of the media world theatrical outrage was expressed”
While Berkeley is not responsible for the actions of the attacker in this case, they can’t escape the fact that no one was surprised that this happened at Berkeley.
The College Fix reports:
UC Berkeley rips critics in newly released statement on campus assault, free speech
According to a lengthy statement released Sunday morning by Dan Mogulof, assistant vice chancellor for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at UC Berkeley, campus brass says the school has been wrongly maligned in its handling of the recent incident in which a conservative activist there was punched, as well as the allegation it does not support free speech.
“The afternoon of Feb. 19 began like any other on the UC Berkeley campus. Spread across Sproul Plaza were dozens of tables where many of the university’s 1000-plus student groups, representing a full array of beliefs, interests, and ideologies, engaged in advocacy and outreach, all of them equally supported, respected and welcome by the campus administration,” the statement read.
It went on to describe the incident in which a non-student and passerby punched a non-student conservative activist in the face, and republished the numerous press releases the university published as it actively pursued the investigation in the weeks that followed. (The suspect was arrested Friday.)
“In certain quarters of the media world theatrical outrage was expressed regarding the university’s supposed failure to prevent the criminal act in question. We readily admit that this university—like every single town, city, county, and state in this country—is unable to prevent a lone bad actor who was neither employee or student from engaging in reprehensible behavior on a campus spanning 1,200 acres and a population of 50,000 people,” the statement read.
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