Police arrested a man disguised by a Guy Fawkes mask from the movie "V for Vendetta" after he barged into classes at the University of Kansas with a speech about sexual assault and threatened students Wednesday.
Police told TheBlaze one man entered classrooms on the Lawrence campus and was arrested. A second individual received a summons to appear in court.
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Video showed the masked man who entered classrooms threatening students associated with the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
"We are coming for you," he said. "All members who do not dissociate themselves with this fraternity will be seen as guilty parties and they will be dealt with accordingly.”
Police said the same man is seen on video in another classroom making a similar speech: "I am...here to ensure justice is served. Kappa Sigma fraternity, we are here to let you know that you should fear us. We are coming for you. All members who do not dissociate themselves with this fraternity will be seen as guilty parties."
“I am here on behalf of the victims of the sexual assault and rape cases that have been happening on campus. I am here to let them know that they are not alone," he said, according to the Daily Kansan.
From the Daily Kansan:
Kappa Sigma is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault. The University extended the fraternity’s suspension on Oct. 31. The University is also investigating two rapes that occurred in Hashinger Residence Hall after two men, one a University student, were arrested on Oct. 3.
While the masked man in handcuffs in the image below is dressed differently than the masked man depicted in the previous two videos threatening students, it's the same person, Captain James Anguiano of KU's public safety told TheBlaze. He was charged with disorderly disorderly conduct and interfering with the duties of an officer.
After the masked man entered one classroom, the professor reportedly tried to grab the intruder and remove his mask, the newspaper said. Students seemed unnerved by the incidents.
"The people all around me said we all thought he was going to shoot everyone,” sophomore Courtney Voorhees said. “It got to the point where we all started ducking down and me and my friends next to me all grabbed each other's arms.”
Senior Jade Hall had the same fear that the man may have been armed.
"It started getting kind of scary because I hadn’t really been thinking about that and then people brought it up," she told the paper. "I was kind of like, ‘Wow, this could be really bad.’”
Sophomore Nick Benetti told the Daily Kansan a masked man visited his classroom as well.
“Everyone got quiet, and we didn’t really know what was going on,” Benetti said, adding that the man left after the professor began walking toward him.
There were also reports that the stunt was related to "Guy Fawkes Day," which falls on Nov. 5 in Great Britain, the Kansas City Star reported. The mask became a popular protest symbol after "V for Vendetta" was released in 2006.
Kappa Sigma president Jack Schwartz told the paper he contacted police after hearing about threats related to the fraternity. Lawrence Police patrolled outside the fraternity Wednesday night and may continue to do so over the next few days.
“You can’t let these things go lightly, but you also have to keep in mind that this could be anything,” Schwartz told the Daily Kansan. “It could be just, you know, some people trying to gain attention.”
(H/T: Total Frat Move)