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  • Young Americans for Freedom chair Kristopher Del Campo, who's pro-life flag display was torn down by 13 student vandals, was found guilty by DePaul University yesterday on two counts: "Disorderly, Violent, Intimidating or Dangerous Behavior to Self or Others," and "Judicial Process Compliance." Instead of condemning the act of vandalism and supporting Del Campo, DePaul University chose to target him with violating the student code for releasing the names of the vandals to YAF, who posted the names publicly on our blog, The New Guard.

    The names were released by DePaul University on February 5, 2013, and the students who admitted their guilt in the vandalism were identified by security camera video footage.

    Del Campo's sanctions include being put on judicial probation through summer quarter 2013, a "No Contact Restriction" with the 13 vandals, and an "Educational Project" in which he must write a three-page letter to himself to reflect on "the incident."

    "Instead of supporting a student whose free speech rights were violated, DePaul University bullied Kristopher Del Campo for daring to expose the 13 vandals. Subsequently, they put him through a Soviet-style show trial," stated Young America's Foundation President Ron Robinson.

    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) sent a letter to President Holtscheneider on behalf of Del Campo. FIRE stated that the charges against Del Campo are "entirely inappropriate" and that "the publication of the public safety report does not rise to the level of the conduct forbidden under this prohibition. Simply publishing the names of the students who confessed…does not place them at 'substantial risk of physical harm.'" FIRE and YAF demanded that all charges against Del Campo be immediately dropped to reaffirm his right to free expression. DePaul University has not yet released the sanctions the 13 vandals received.

     FIRE , The Daily Caller, Breitbart and Fox News have covered the story.

     

    For further information or to request an interview, please contact Kate Edwards at 800.USA.1776

     

    • Readers' Comments

    • Stand tall Kristopher and remember Ronald Reagan's words - “Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid” As the Bible tells us - “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours." John 15:18-20
      Posted by Richard Sava on 03/01/2013
    • This is outrageous and idiotic. The so-called 'educators' are obviously in league with the pro-abortion vandals. It is yet another symptom of the corruption of higher education, when stupid 'anti-bullying' rules are so misapplied, and this at an institution of the Roman church. If you're going to spend thousands to send your child to a private college, have him attend one like Hilsdale.
      Posted by Jay Erwin on 03/01/2013
    • "It is yet another symptom of the corruption of higher education, when stupid 'anti-bullying' rules are so misapplied" Considering that on the earlier blog about this, people commenting essentially threatened the vandals: "I hope individuals make every student on this list regret their actions in a harsh way! Posted by Chris on 03/01/2013" I do not care WHAT you cause is, be it on the left or right: the proper response to vandalism is not assault. And then to whine about anti-bullying laws being misapplied? Hah, this is too rich.
      Posted by tp on 03/01/2013
    • Posted by on 03/02/2013
    • Wow Depaul....thanks for clearing up any doubt I had about sending my kids to your school. What makes me so upset is as a Catholic University, you should be PROMOTING pro-life. Not punishing leaders or advocates for exercising a right that in no way penetrates any law and in a professional way brings shame to immature pro choice activists.
      Posted by Carter on 03/02/2013
    • I truly hope you consider sending a copy of this entire fiasco to the Vatican in Vatican City and other Catholic organizations. Knights of Columbus would most likely be interested too. This is against Catholic beliefs that have been diluted by liberals over a long period of time. The Professors and Administration need a good deal of investigating and maybe an audit should be included. Be nice to know what party and groups the University is donating to, and how much, by its' individual faculty members. opensecrets.org could be possible help in some of the aforementioned.
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