UCSB settles with pro-life students assaulted by 'triggered' prof.

  • The incident occurred in March 2014.
  • UCSB Feminist Studies Prof. Mirielle Miller-Young ripped a pro-life sign from a student, which she then destroyed in her office.

The University of California at Santa Barbara has settled out of court with a group of pro-life activist students who were assaulted by a professor in early March.

The incident in question happened on March 4, 2014 when a group of 13 pro-life demonstrators were on campus speaking to students about abortion and distributing educational literature. Mireille Miller-Young, a professor in the Department of Feminist Studies, saw the group and was “triggered” by their signs depicting abortion victims.

"If there had been [an apology], it would have been an exercise in insincerity."   

Miller-Young approached the group with several pro-abortion students, stole one of the pro-life signs, and marched away. One of the pro-life students, Thrin Short, followed her. While attempting to get on an elevator with Miller-Young, Short was pushed and received scratches on her arm when Miller-Young grabbed her.

The incident was caught on video. During the video, Miller-Young can be heard saying, “I may be a thief, but you’re a terrorist.”

Thrin’s mother, Katie Short, is Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Life Legal Defense Foundation, which represented the students their lawsuit against the university, Miller-Young, and Miller-Young’s student accomplices.

The details of the settlement have not been made public. However, LifeNews reports that the plaintiffs are “very satisfied” with the outcome.

However, neither Miller-Young nor USCB has issued an apology to the students for the assault.

Katie Short told LifeNews that she “views the absence of an apology as a plus” because, in her words, “[i]f there had been, it would have been an exercise in insincerity.”

“By not apologizing, the University demonstrates that it has no problem, in principle, with a professor who commits crimes like this on campus, as long as it’s done for the ‘right’ reason,” she said.

Short added that the settlement sends “warnings to pro-abortion faculty and staff at campuses around the country who might be tempted to interfere with the exercise of free speech by groups they disagree with.”

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James Mietus is Campus Reform's fall 2015 intern. He worked in consulting and policy research before joining the internship program at the Leadership Institute.

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