A mob of liberal college students “hunted down” a female conservative student on Thursday because she invited Lt. Col. Allen West, a black conservative politician and activist, to speak at the University of Buffalo.
— YAF (@yaf) April 8, 2022
Titled, “America Is Not Racist—Why American Values are Exceptional,” the event was disrupted by screaming protesters banging on the walls outside the building.
Therese Purcell, president of the university’s Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) group, organized the event.
According to Purcell, she was escorted by police along with West and others before becoming separated and being chased down by the mob.
Footage obtained by YAF shows several hundred unruly demonstrators chasing Purcell into a men’s bathroom.
She had to call 911 to be escorted to safety.
Other video obtained by YAF at the scene shows BLM protestors assaulting a conservative who videotaped the protest. pic.twitter.com/cJNM5hvICk
— YAF (@yaf) April 8, 2022
Because the demonstrators were chanting, “No peace,” “Target practice,” and other violent slogans, Purcell ran as she became surrounded.
“About 200 of my fellow students started hunting me down on campus, started chasing me, screaming, ‘Go get her. Go get her. Go capture her. Get the girl in the red dress,’ which is when I started darting away from them as they were sprinting toward me,” Purcell described the chaotic scene.
Next, the college activist said a friend pulled her into the men’s restroom and successfully avoided the mob just before they came up a flight of stairs.
“While I was in the bathroom I could hear them screaming, ‘Where is she? We need to find her.’ And, I called 911,” she explained to Fox News.
Purcell also claimed the mob “kicked” and “punched” one student in her group while she was hiding in the bathroom.
She noted the hypocrisy of the college leftists screaming accusations of the Young Americans for Freedom group “silencing black voices,” while they attempted to prevent Col. West, a black veteran, from voicing his opinions.
The University at Buffalo Police Department says they are investigating reports of harassment filed after the event, but say there were no reports of assault submitted.
Col. West described in an interview with Fox News after the campus debacle how he has actually experienced racism and only wanted to educate the students on some major differences between now and the 1960s.
— YAF (@yaf) April 11, 2022
The University of Buffalo released this official statement condemning the mob’s actions:
The University at Buffalo is deeply committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all people, and a place where freedom of expression occurs without threats and in a respectful and civil manner.
The university is conducting a thorough review of events and activities leading up to, during and after an appearance by former congressman and retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West, including the posting of anonymous social media messages threatening students protesting West’s speech and harassment of students after the speech.
“These events do not define who we as a university are, nor do they define who we aspire to be,” said Barbara Ricotta, UB’s dean of students. “As a university community, we will continue to strive to be a place where all students can express themselves, be heard and live their lives in a welcoming and safe environment that values diversity and inclusion.”
As a public university, all members of the UB community and invited guests have a right to peacefully express their views and opinions, regardless of whether others may disagree.
This includes the right of individuals to oppose the views or opinions of others – including peaceful protests – but not in such a way as to limit or prevent the speaker’s freedom of expression or interfere with university operations.
West was invited to campus by the UB student chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom. Student government-sponsored clubs are permitted to invite speakers to campus, provided they abide by university guidelines and state laws concerning public events on campus.