Conservative Student Organization Threatened for Inviting Ben Shapiro to Speak on Campus
'Get security,' poster at George Washington U. warned.
Ahead of Ben Shapiro's Thursday speech at George Washington University, the conservative student organization that sponsored the event posted a picture of a threat made against the group.
The university's chapter of the Young America’s Foundation tweeted an image of a poster that shows Shapiro with superimposed red "X," along with the caption, "HEY YAF, GET SECURITY."
In the tweet, the group said they will not be intimidated by "leftist bullies."
When you’re so scared of a Conservative speaker that you threaten a student organization? What is wrong with people? Maybe @benshapiro will tell us tonight! We are not intimidated by leftist bullies. @yaf pic.twitter.com/dbxISLSLhR
— GW YAF (@GWYAF) January 17, 2019
In a subsequent tweet, the organization said campus authorities were dismissive of the threat, reportedly saying it is “most likely not a threat according to DC code.”
Campus authorities are dismissive of this threat against YAF, reportedly saying it’s “most likely not a threat according to DC code.” Looks like @GWtweets is another school that treats microaggressions as dire but refuses to take seriously threats against conservatives. https://t.co/4szfG2uD6Q
— YAF (@yaf) January 17, 2019
A university official, Cissy Petty, released a statement:
I believe in the value of free speech, respectful dialogue and civility. GWPD does not see a threat and will be at the event. I respect students having the choice to bring Ben Shapiro. Having voted for both parties, I am grateful for freedom of choice.
On "Fox & Friends" Friday, Aimee Triania, co-president of the university's chapter of the Young America's Foundation, said she was initially startled to see the "direct threat," but upon further reflection, she realized this is another example of the left's "scare tactics."
"I took the correct course of action and continued on with the event, to show that we were not intimidated by them and that our voice was not going to be suppressed on campus," Triania said.
She said the event went off as planned with minimal problems, thanks in part to the extra security they brought in following the threat.
"I know a lot of people on my campus and on other college campuses that want to speak out, want to be bold in their conservative beliefs, but are scared of the backlash by their peers, professors and the administration," Triania said.
The Daily Wire reported that Shapiro’s lectures have been targeted by universities or student groups on campuses before, including the University of Southern California, UCLA, the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, the University of California, Merced, the University of Connecticut, Concordia College, Tufts University, the University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern University, DePaul University, and California State University, Los Angeles.
Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.