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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Pro-Gun Kent State Alumna Kaitlin Bennett Thwarted by Standard Protocol

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 11:49 AM

click to enlarge KAITLIN BENNETT | TWITTER
  • Kaitlin Bennett | Twitter
Kent State University has ordered recent graduate Kaitlin Bennett — she of the viral "come and take it" graduation photos — to cease and desist from advertising a planned pro-Second-Amendment rally on campus scheduled for Sept. 29. Bennett, Kent State said, "has not registered the event and obtained the approvals required by university policy."

In an official statement, Kent State said that Bennett had failed to obtain sponsorship from a registered student organization or faculty department, as mandated by the university. A counterprotest was likewise ordered to cease and desist. 

"Kent State upholds the right to free speech and values respectful dialogue from all points of view," the statement read. "Consistent with our core values, we encourage open dialogue, freedom of expression and respectful discourse in an inclusive environment."

Bennett herself, who has become a minor celebrity among 2nd Amendment enthusiasts (and now has nearly 100,000 Twitter followers), didn't take kindly to Kent's decision. She Tweeted that she will show up regardless and that Kent will not suppress the legal expression of her 2nd Amendment rights. She has stated that Kent's efforts to make her follow protocol are "so they can make us pay thousands for security and control who speaks."

In a video posted to Twitter last night, Bennett confronts some university officials in the hopes of setting up a meeting. She accuses an office administrator of being rude, unprofessional and biased after she said she "think[s] it's strange" that Bennett is "hanging around so much" after her graduation in the spring.   

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