“I realized I was the target for these protesters, and about 200 of my fellow students started hunting me down on campus, started chasing me”
The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at the University of Buffalo invited Colonel Allen West to speak about American values, his life, and how he overcame racism.
A student mob disrupted the event and was so threatening that West had to be escorted off campus by police.
The student who organized the event had to hide from the mob in a bathroom as they hunted her down.
Andrea Cavallier reports at the Daily Mail:
Terrifying moment female conservative University of Buffalo student is ‘hunted down’ by woke mob screaming ‘no justice, no peace,’ after she invited prominent black Republican to speak
A University of Buffalo student said she was ‘hunted down’ by a woke mob screaming ‘no justice, no peace,’ after she invited prominent black Republican Lt. Col. Allen West to speak on how he overcame racism.
Therese Purcell, president of the Young Americans for Freedom, a campus club that organized the event, said she and her fellow members only wanted to bring these open dialogues of racism to campus.
But protests erupted after the filled-to-capacity event, leading to an angry mob that chased Purcell, leaving her afraid of what would have happened if she wasn’t able to hide from them.
She shared terrifying footage of the incident online, and says it left her fearing for her life, Fox & Friends First reported.
‘I realized I was the target for these protesters, and about 200 of my fellow students started hunting me down on campus, started chasing me,’ she said.
Purcell said she heard the angry crown screaming, ‘go get her, go get her, go capture her, the girl in the red dress.’
Purcell barely escaped the mob as she was pulled into the bathroom by a friend, where they called 911.
But Purcell added that even inside the bathroom, she heard the mob yelling that the need to ‘find her.’
Here’s a glimpse of the mob:
In this video, the student organizer recounts her ordeal. She had reason to be afraid. She says the mob caught one of her friends and beat him up:
Allen West responds here, noting that he remembers a time when black people had to be escorted onto a college campus:
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The University of Buffalo released this statement:
The University at Buffalo is deeply committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all people, and a place where freedom of expression occurs without threats and in a respectful and civil manner.
The university is conducting a thorough review of events and activities leading up to, during and after an appearance by former congressman and retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West, including the posting of anonymous social media messages threatening students protesting West’s speech and harassment of students after the speech.
“These events do not define who we as a university are, nor do they define who we aspire to be,” said Barbara Ricotta, UB’s dean of students. “As a university community, we will continue to strive to be a place where all students can express themselves, be heard and live their lives in a welcoming and safe environment that values diversity and inclusion.”
As a public university, all members of the UB community and invited guests have a right to peacefully express their views and opinions, regardless of whether others may disagree.
This includes the right of individuals to oppose the views or opinions of others – including peaceful protests – but not in such a way as to limit or prevent the speaker’s freedom of expression or interfere with university operations.
It’s good that the university is investigating this incident but it will mean nothing without consequences. Students who participate in threatening mob actions should be expelled.
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