By: Kate Edwards
Two weeks ago, Young America's Foundation, along with Fox News, The Daily Caller, and other media outlets, reported that the DePaul University Young Americans for Freedom chapter had put up a flag display on campus to mark the 40th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. This flag display was vandalized during the day; the flags were stolen and discarded into trash cans around campus. Since then, DePaul YAF Chairman, Kristopher Del Campo, has been fighting for his free speech rights on campus by exposing the story and seeking campus and community support.
On February 5, 2013, DePaul University finalized their investigation of the vandalism, and released the names of the students involved. The students who came forward were identified by security video camera footage. The report should disturb anyone who values free expression, as those involved show no regard for free speech. If they were so offended by the pro-life flag display, why not hold a counter-program showing their views? Instead, they just decided to destroy the display. Using their logic, a conservative who finds a "condom display", "The Vagina Monologues" or any number of liberal activities on campus offensive would have a right to destroy it. Free speech matters.
See the report below:
Now the question remains: what action will DePaul University take against these students? YAF Chairman Del Campo, with the help of the Dean of Students, is filing charges against the students through the judicial process of the university. The dean of students is helping Del Campo through this process. Action must be taken against these students or other liberals will have free license to continue to squelch the ideas of conservatives on campus.
Kate Edwards is the Program Officer for chapter services for Young
Americans for Freedom, a project of Young America's Foundation