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

James Mietus
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  • 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

    James Mietus

    Campus Reform Intern

    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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