When a liberal student at a California university tried to disrupt a College Republicans’ outdoor recruitment table, she got a heaping dose of her own medicine that didn’t go down smooth at all. Instead, she came completely unglued, and it was all caught on video.
Michael Curry, president of Chico State Republicans, was tabling with his organization in front of Plumas Hall at California State University, Chico when other students began playing loud music across from the table in protest. As the liberal students attempted to disrupt the conservative group’s outdoor recruitment table, a dispute between Curry and a protester resulted in a brief physical altercation, The Orion reported.
As one student held a sign that read, “Black Trans Lives Matter,” according to campus police officer Lance Conlan, Curry decided to stand next to the protesting young woman with a sign of his own. It read, “All Lives Matter,” Conlan told the student paper. At least one camera was rolling as Curry simply gave the woman a taste of her own medicine, and let’s just say it was a pill she couldn’t swallow.
While Michael Curry’s response to the protester’s disruption of his freedom of speech was silent, nonviolent, and similar to the liberal student’s own actions, she somehow felt threatened. “Get the f*** out of my f***ing space!” she yelled after grabbing Curry’s sign and appearing to hit him with it. Rather than retaliate, Curry calmly asked someone to call the police. This only enraged the protester further.
“No! He’s been f***cking harassing me!” the student who was part of the disruption yelled in response to Curry’s request for the police. Repeatedly deploying the F-bomb, she continued, “It’s your f***ing fault,” as she questioned Curry’s “right” to stand “this f***ing close” to her. Obviously infuriated, she continued to shriek in Curry’s face, taking a fighting stance and pointing aggressively at him, causing him to turn his back to her.
In contrast, Curry stood quietly with his hands in his pockets. Even so, the woman alleged that Curry had somehow “sacrificed” her “f***ing safety.” The difference in the demeanor of the two involved in the altercation was quite telling. It was clear the student who caused the disruption could dish it out, but she certainly couldn’t handle Curry giving it right back to her.
Footage of the “battery” was posted by Michael Curry on his Twitter account with a caption that read, “College Republicans across the nation experience treatment just like this on their campuses. It has to stop!” Indeed, you can see the difference in their responses to one another’s freedom of speech for yourself in the clip below, but be forewarned that the language used by the protester is explicit and not safe for work:
As if that wasn’t enough to leave you dumbfounded, it gets even better. “After I was struck, I told my friends to call the police,” Curry explained to the school paper, recalling the incident. “After she stopped yelling at me, she went and called the police herself, reporting that I had ‘troubled’ her,” he added. “She then sat down on a bench and started crying.”
When the police arrived, she allegedly laid “down on the ground and claimed she was having a panic attack.” She asked the police “to order an ambulance, and they took her away,” Curry said. Thankfully, her antics aren’t being applauded by the Chico State Democrats.
Emily Bruns, president of Chico State Democrats, said in a press release that they “do not condone any acts of violence” and clarified that the “parties involved in the altercation were in no way related to the Chico State Democrats, and are not active members of (the) club.”
“Even though we do not agree with Chico State Republicans on any policy, we can all agree that as students, we reserve the right to feel safe while going to classes,” Bruns said in the press release. [Source: The Orion]
According to Officer Conlan, the responding officer, the incident would be handled by the Department of Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities and battery charges may be filed with the district attorney. We can only hope that the authorities involved have taken the issue seriously and rein in this behavior. Regardless of political affiliation, this conduct must be condemned by all.
When humans don’t practice restraint, our barbaric nature takes over, destroying any hope for a civilized society, where people are free to express their thoughts and beliefs. Incidents like this one bring us to a point where we must decide whether we will continue to be a nation that prides itself on freedom of speech or one that celebrates bullying and potential bloodshed. I know which type of world I want to live in, and for that reason, I’ll condemn violence regardless of which side is perpetuating it.