By Tom Quiner
In a shocking abrogation of the First Amendment, Depaul University is sanctioning a student who posted sensitive information on a pro choice website.
The student was chairman of a campus organization called “Young Students for Choice.” Last year, they lobbied the administration, and were granted permission, to erect a display which paid tribute to the Roe v. Wade decision which made abortion legal.
Shortly after the display was erected, it was vandalized. Portions of the display were found stuffed into a campus dumpster. Outraged pro choice students demanded justice. The university subsequently investigated and tracked down the students, thirteen of them in all, who admitted to the vandalism.
The university then released the names to the pro choice organization, who immediately posted the vandals’ names on their website.
As you might imagine, the vandals received some negative comments once their actions were publicly exposed. The administration responded quickly and decisively. They sanctioned the pro choice student who exposed the vandals.
The student was found guilty of two counts of violating the Code of Student Responsibility, including:
√ “Disorderly, Violent, Intimidating or Dangerous Behavior to Self or Others”
√ “Judicial Process Compliance.”
The Dean from the university was clear about the seriousness of the infraction:
“It is unfortunate that this incident is part of your educational career. Any further infractions of the Code of Student Responsibility during your probationary period may result in additional disciplinary action including removal from the university.”
Pro choice advocates were outraged, claiming the university was punishing the victim of the crime, rather than the vandals. Free speech advocates complained about the violation of the victim’s free speech rights.
CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN all featured the story in their nightly newscasts which included interviews with Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other supportive pro choice groups.
Okay … I’m fooling.
The story above didn’t quite happen the way I wrote it.
It was the other way around. The real victim was a conservative, named Kristopher Del Campo. He’s chairman of Young Americans for Freedom.
They are a pro life group who put up a pro life display.
Anti-life students tore down the display. Mr. Del Campo published the vandals names, and he is the one who received the sanction, not the vandals.
I pose some questions:
1. Why is a Catholic university like DePaul coming down so hard on a pro life student who simply published the names of vandals?
2. Will the mainstream media cover this story, other than Fox News, who did cover it on their website?
3. Would the MSM give it bigger coverage if the story were the “fake” one presented at the beginning of this post?