Liberal students at Arizona State University are demanding school administrators take action against Kyle Rittenhouse, who has been attending the school as an online student.
What are the details?
Four student groups — Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MEChA de ASU — released a statement recycling tired and untrue tropes about Rittenhouse while demanding his expulsion from the school.
The groups are planning a rally for Dec. 1 "to get murderer Kyle Rittenhouse off our campus." Rittenhouse, however, is not a murderer — he was acquitted of all criminal charges against him, including two counts of first-degree murder — nor can ASU administrators remove Rittenhouse from the Phoenix-based university campus because Rittenhouse is an online student.
In an invitation for the rally posted to Instagram, the groups also listed several demands:
- Withdraw Kyle Rittenhouse from ASU;
- Release a statement against white supremacy and racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse;
- Reaffirm support for the multicultural center on campus as a space safe from white supremacy; and
- Redirect funding from ASU [Police Department] to support the multicultural center and establishment of a care center on campus.
The groups then bashed the justice system for not delivering the outcome in the Rittenhouse trial they wanted and claimed that Rittenhouse "is still guilty."
"Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed 'justice' system — Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims," the invitation says. "Join us to demand from ASU that these demands be met to protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer."
Student organizations at ASU are organizing a protest to get Kyle Rittenhouse (who is an online student) kicked out of ASUpic.twitter.com/qHy4xM6nri— Libs of Tik Tok (@Libs of Tik Tok) 1638069937
The ASU chapter of Students for Socialism additionally told Fox News in statement:
The goal of these demands is to let the ASU administration know that we as the ASU community do not feel safe knowing that a mass shooter, who has expressed violent intentions about ‘protecting property’ over people, is so carelessly allowed to be admitted to the school at all. Our campus is already unsafe as is, and we would like to abate this danger as much as possible.
Rittenhouse took the lives of innocent people with the intent to do so—by strapping an assault rifle to himself in a crowd of unarmed citizens. That is the textbook definition of intention. The decision made by the court is one of thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges, predominantly white juries, and mistakes inherent in a judicial system founded off of injustice to begin with.
ASU students are also circulating an online petition demanding Rittenhouse be not allowed to attend the school, calling his acquittal — made by a jury of 12 peers — "absolutely ridiculous."
"He needs to be held accountable for the crimes he has committed. How is the law letting a murderer roam around freely? When did our society get to a point like this?!?" the petition says. "We, the students of Arizona State University refuse to welcome a murderer onto our campus. ASU should be a safe and inclusive place for all students, which will be disrupted if Kyle Rittenhouse is allowed to attend this school."
So far, only 829 students have signed the petition.
TheBlaze reached out to Arizona State University for comment, but the school did not response by press time.