A number of left-wing student organizations at Arizona State University are demanding that administrators expel Kyle Rittenhouse from the institution, even though he’s not attending in-person classes there, calling him a “killer” and a “murderer.”
The Arizona State University Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU have all called on the administration to “withdraw” Rittenhouse in a joint statement released over the weekend, calling him “Murderer Kyle Rittenhouse.”
“The demand comes despite being found not guilty by a jury earlier this month on multiple counts of murder and reckless endangerment stemming from shootings last year in Kenosha, Wis., during rioting in the city in which two men were killed and a third wounded,” American Wire reported Monday, adding:
A list of “demands” that were posted online include disenrolling Rittenhouse from ASU, releasing a statement “against white supremacy and racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse,” while also reaffirming “support for the multicultural center as a safe space from white supremacy,” and redirecting funding from campus police to the center. …
Rittenhouse is attending classes virtually, but according to Tucson.com, he has expressed an interest in attending in-person classes as well. The outlet reported that Rittenhouse began online courses in mid-October, before his trial began.
Student organizations at ASU are organizing a protest to get Kyle Rittenhouse (who is an online student) kicked out of ASU pic.twitter.com/qHy4xM6nri
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“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 groups said, adding that they plan to hold a rally in support of expelling the teen on Wednesday. “Join us to demand from ASU that those demands be met to protect students from a violent blood-thirsty murderer.”
Not everyone at ASU agrees, however. The College Republicans United, which has a chapter at the university, has repeatedly expressed support for the teen.
“Half of all funds collected this semester for Republicans United will be donated to 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse legal defense fund. He does not deserve to have his entire life destroyed because of the actions of violent anarchists during a lawless riot,” the group tweeted in August 2020, two days after he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27 in self-defense.
The American Wire adds:
All three men, who were white, had criminal records. There has never been any evidence to substantiate claims that Rittenhouse, who has said he supports the BLM movement, is racist, a white supremacist, or a member of any white nationalist or militia organization, despite accusations against him.
The jury found Rittenhouse innocent by means of self-defense after he was set upon and attacked by as many as five people during riots in Kenosha that began after police shot a black man, Jacob Blake, as he reached for a knife inside an SUV while resisting arrest.
A Students for Socialism at Arizona State University spokesperson told Fox News that ultimately the objective of the demands is to inform university administrators they don’t feel safe knowing that a “mass shooter” is attending — though again, Rittenhouse, for now, is only taking virtual courses.
“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,” the spokesperson told the network. “Our campus is already unsafe as is, and we would like to abate this danger as much as possible.”
The spokesperson also claimed that Rittenhouse’s trial “effectively gives right-winged individuals the license to kill other individuals who protest for human rights.”
“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,” the spokesperson added.
Readers may also recall that ASU’s multicultural space made headlines in September after two black female students verbally accosted two white males who were studying there and demanded that they leave.
🚨 This insanity is happening on college campuses pic.twitter.com/BrVxICZYqP
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