A Texas State University student destroyed a pro-life activist’s on-campus display and screamed obscenities at him on Monday.
According to Campus Reform, Emma Brockway, a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, who describes herself on Twitter as a “progressive activist,” shared a video of a man kicking down a pro-life display on school grounds.
“Get the f*** out of here with this bulls**t,” the man in the video yells. “This is f***ing bulls**t! Get this s**t out of here! F***!”
When the activist tells the man that “this is free speech,” the student replies, “No, it’s not man, it’s wrong!” (Content warning: Lots of offensive language):
— Emma Brockway (@theEmmaBrockway) April 3, 2017
Brockway told The Tab that she is pro-choice and she was “annoyed to see the anti-choice people again.”
“I’m a junior at Texas State and they constantly come on campus,” she said.
She said that during the incident “there weren’t a ton of people near the Stallions while this was happening — normally there are more people.”
According to Texas State’s website, the Fighting Stallions sculpture is “an iconic landmark” at the school and designates the university’s “free speech area.”
“I was shocked, but I have to admit I admire him in some ways because I think he did what we were all wanting to do,” Brockway told The Tab. “I am a supporter of free speech, but again, I think everyone was secretly wanting to do what he did. People around me were shocked. After I saw the incident, I immediately began organizing a peaceful counter protest. It’s important that the pro-choice side has a presence at the Stallions as well.”
The school’s Pan African Action Committee shared Brockway’s video accompanied by raised fist emojis in what appeared to be a sign of solidarity. Campus reform reported that the Pan African Action Committee is an “officially recognized group on campus.”
“What can we do to make sure this student is safe from any university action?” they asked in a subsequent tweet.
@theEmmaBrockway What can we do to make sure this student is safe from any university action?
— PAAC (@PanAfricanAct) April 3, 2017
“It’s a good day to knock down some signs,” they said in another tweet, later adding, “Y’all ever find it weird how ‘Free Speech’ arguments only come up when defending white people’s right to be racist/oppressive?”
Campus Reform reported that Texas State University confirmed that their university police have launched a criminal mischief investigation into the incident.
(H/T: Campus Reform)