“While tabling, members of SFL witnessed and recorded students stealing flags, expressing to them that their actions were illegal and asked them to stop.”
This happens at various schools across the country every few months. Pro-life activism is met with such hostility in higher ed.
Campus Reform reports:
University of Missouri students deface Students for Life display
Mizzou Students for Life (SFL), an independent pro-life group at the University of Missouri, set up a display called the Cemetery of the Innocent on campus. The display included 1,000 pink flags that each represented 63,000 aborted fetuses worldwide.
Numerous flags were stolen during the days of the display.
Through a campus approval process, SFL reserved Carnahan Quad, where they would set up the display for 48 hours from December 5 through December 7.
“Tonight we set up our ‘Cemetery of the Innocent’ display right in the middle of Mizzou’s campus for everyone to see. There are 1,000 flags – each represents 63,000 babies nation wide who lost their lives to abortion,” the group posted to Instagram.
The group also said “The flags and signs are private property. Vandalism will not be tolerated.”
Yet, that declaration did not keep students from stealing flags from the display.
While tabling, members of SFL witnessed and recorded students stealing flags, expressing to them that their actions were illegal and asked them to stop.
When students continued, they were reported to the MUPD, Kaitlyn Banning, president of Mizzou Students for Life, told Campus Reform is a private meeting.
One individual reportedly stole almost 100 flags on her own until discovered by the MUPD. It is unknown whether any students faced disciplinary action or whether they were affiliated with any registered student organization. However, the university stated that they are currently investigating reports and also clarified in a statement that students don’t have the right to remove or deface another organization’s displays, as stated in the university’s free speech policy.
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