VIDEO: Profs bully TPUSA prez while she recruits on campus
- Several University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors harassed the president of the school’s Turning Point USA chapter Friday afternoon while she was tabling on campus grounds.
- Katie Mullen says an admin came out at one point and told her she had to leave, but campus police intervened and affirmed her right to stay, even escorting her to safety when the bullying became too much.
Professors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln harassed the president of the school’s Turning Point USA chapter Friday afternoon while she was tabling on campus grounds.
According to chapter President Katie Mullen, at least three professors circled the table while carrying signs and yelling things like “f**k Charlie Kirk” and “TPUSA Nazis.”
Graduate teaching assistant Courtney Lawton was recorded yelling “Neo-fascist Becky right here. Wants to destroy public schools, public universities, hates DACA kids,” while giving the middle finger to the camera.
Associate Professor Amanda Gailey was pictured holding a sign that stated “Turning Point: please put me on your watchlist,” even signing her name to the impromptu appeal.
Mullen told Campus Reform that a university administrator eventually came out and told her she could not table because she was in a free speech zone. Campus police were called, however, and after assessing the situation they informed Mullen that she had the right to stay and table.
“I was honestly shocked and scared. I was there for a couple hours and had no real issues but a couple debates,” Mullen told Campus Reform. “They came with posters screaming profanities at me and people passing by.”
“I didn't even engage, but I kept tabling as I wasn't going to let them silence me,” she continued, but conceded that after a while, “I got overwhelmed and scared and started to cry,” at which point the professors “screamed [that] I was crying for attention.”
“It shocks me that these are professors that are supposed to teach and support students and they were bullying me,” she remarked.
Despite the furor, however, Mullen claims that her TPUSA chapter attracted 56 new sign-ups over the course of the day.
Campus Reform reached out to Gailey and Lawton for comment, and is currently awaiting their responses. This article will be updated if and when their replies are received.
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