Arizona State University students continue to protest against ‘Killer Kyle’ Rittenhouse attending classes – even though the teen has unenrolled from an online course.
Students are demanding that Rittenhouse not have the possibility to return to the university at all because it gives ‘a free pass to recruit and organize students’ who are ‘extremely violent right-wing Nazis, fascists, and [Ku Klux] Klan hanger-ons,’ a joint statement from Students for Socialism at ASU – which organized the protest – and three other organizations said.
Students were seen in videos from Wednesday carrying signs reading ‘death2america,’ ‘squeal lil pig’ and ‘killer off campus’ while chanting ‘killer Kyle off our campus’ and ‘lock him up.’
The Students for Socialism told DailyMail.com that ‘adult Rittenhouse supporters’ arrived on school grounds to counter-protest, attracting ‘slurs’ being thrown at students and a ‘threatening’ environment.
‘Rittenhouse’s presence on campus will and has attracted vile racists and bigots to campus,’ a spokesperson for the Students For Socialism at ASU told DailyMail.com on Thursday.
‘During the rally yesterday, we had racist and homophobic slurs yelled at us by supporters of Rittenhouse’s and Kari Lake, as well as repeated verbal threats against us, people that otherwise would not be on campus at all if not for them feeling as though they needed to defend and support Rittenhouse.
‘It’s clear that his presence on campus presents a danger via his national profile and his fascist supporters, whom overwhelmingly seem to hate people of color, queer people, and socialists.’
The student organization has received ‘thousands’ of ‘threatening’ messages online since becoming vocal on their position and told DailyMail.com that the student protesters were harassed with ‘slurs’ by ‘adult Rittenhouse supporters.’
‘It’s one thing to point at online hate comments, which we’ve received thousands threatening our lives and insulting us,’ the organization said. ‘But it’s another to show pictures and video of adult Rittenhouse supporters screaming slurs at students.’
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Students at Arizona State University (ASU) were seen with signs reading ‘killer off our campus’ and ‘squeal lil pig’ as they continue to protest the possibility of ‘Killer Kyle’ Rittenhouse, 18, re-enrolling at the school
Other students held ‘death2america’ signs, while some were there to support Rittenhouse and called to ‘protect students’
The club Students for Socialism at ASU organized the protest and released a joint statement with other student organizations claiming that Rittenhouse’s potential return would be ‘a free pass to recruit and organize students’ who are ‘extremely violent right-wing Nazis, fascists, and [Ku Klux] Klan hanger-ons’
Other students claimed the American justice system is flawed and that’s why Rittenhouse was acquitted
Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted of all charges in November after killing two men with an AR-15 during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.
The teen dropped his non-degree-seeking online class after professors advised him to, Fox News reported, but he is now looking to enroll again, family spokesperson David Hancock said.
‘I’m marching because killer Kyle should not be going to this campus,’ Farha, a student who only gave their first name, told Fox News. ‘That is white supremacy at its peak and it does not belong at ASU.’
Another student, who asked to be anonymous, told Fox News: ‘The American justice system does not acquit plurality.
‘They are not the objective morality in America… they are founded on genocide… slavery… Their morality is based on white supremacy, so the American justice system does not work for people outside of that umbrella.’
Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled at the Arizona State University following previous protests demanding his withdrawal from campus, despite a jury acquitting him on murder charges in November.
Rittenhouse branded his withdraw a ‘joke’ following his acquittal, saying on the Charlie Kirk show Tuesday: ‘Look, I don’t really care that they’re protesting.
‘I think it’s actually very silly and funny, but I agree with everyone’s right to demonstrate, no matter how silly it is.’
The university has confirmed Rittenhouse’s decision to leave campus, saying he was only registered part-time last year for a non-degree online course that he did not complete.
‘Our records show that he is not currently enrolled,’ ASU spokesperson Jay Thorne said in a statement to The Arizona Republic, adding that the decision taken by Rittenhouse was not a result of any action taken by the university against him.
A spokesperson for Arizona State University told Dailymail.com on Tuesday that Rittenhouse has ‘not gone through the ASU admissions procession. University records show that he is not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU.’
Not all students at the protests were against Rittenhouse’s return to campus, with some holding ‘innocent’ signs and
‘We should have zero bias towards him whatsoever, of what school he goes to or where he wants to be educated at, because he was acquitted,’ Dacy, a student who said she believed in the right to self-defense, told Fox News. ‘He has not committed any crimes, so he is free to go where he wants to go.
‘He contributes to society the way any other American contributes to society who is not imprisoned.’
Another student, Nick, said: ‘I would understand if there was more controversy, if there was no evidence of what happened that night, but there is clear evidence that he did defend himself, and the fact that we have opposition just proves the fact that they didn’t watch the trial or they just don’t love this country.’
Despite differencing opinions among the crowd of students, the Students for Socialism at ASU called their rally a ‘success.’
‘Our rally tonight was a complete success, ASU heard our demands and we showed those fascist counter-protestors that we will not be intimidated.’
The club also argued that those who came to ‘support’ Rittenhouse proved ‘our argument.’
‘The people that came out tonight to support killer Kyle Rittenhouse prove our argument, that if Rittenhouse is allowed on campus he will be followed by countless racist, homophonic bigots.’
DailyMail.com reached out to ASU for comment.
The Students for Socialism, as well as, three other student organizations, released a joint statement about their ‘position’ toward Rittenhouse’s potential return
Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, chose not to sign up for classes at Arizona State University amid student protests on his enrollment. Last year, Rittenhouse took a non-degree and online nursing class but did not complete it. Pictured: Rittenhouse during his interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson last week
Rittenhouse was found not guilty of homicide after being charged with killing two men and injuring a third with a semi-automatic rifle during a 2020 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
He testified in court that he was a student at Arizona State University for an online nursing class and had added that he would like to physically attend class in several press interviews.
Following the acquittal, some students were furious and demanded that the ‘violent murderer’ not attend.
ASU students had voiced their outrage about Rittenhouse being a student, but many spoke out on his behalf.
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona, tweeted that Rittenhouse is innocent, therefore he should be ‘free to take classes and live his life.’
Jordan Conradson, a correspondent for the far-right fake news website The Gateway Pundit, said: ‘I’d disenroll too! ASU should discipline the students who discriminated against Kyle and attempted to intimidate him on campus, and Kyle should never give a dime to any Marxist University!’
Peter Kirstein, a professor of history at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois, said: ‘As a university professor, I would be concerned about having this killer in my class. I would want campus security to frisk him before he entered my class. I would demand he respect other students.’
Arizona State University said Rittenhouse had ‘not gone through the ASU admissions procession’ and that ‘records show that he is not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU’
Some demanded Rittenhouse be respected on campus and ‘is free to take classes and live life’
Users on Twitter shared their opinions on Kyle Rittenhouse’s decision to withdrawal from Arizona State University, with some siding with the left-leaning school groups while others took the 18-year-old’s side
The institution has found itself embroiled in controversy after multiple left-leaning student groups asked for Rittenhouse’s withdrawal from classes, ever since the 18-year-old referred to the university during his testimony.
The Arizona State University Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition and MECHA de ASU were demanding that ‘murderer Kyle Rittenhouse’ be given the boot from campus.
The band of liberals also requested three other demands: that the university release a statement denouncing ‘white supremacy’ and ‘murderer Rittenhouse,’ that they back a ‘multicultural safe space on campus, and that they redirect funding from the ASU police force to support the aforementioned ‘safe space from white supremacy.’
‘Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed “justice” system – Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims,’ a letter read.
‘Join us to demand from ASU that those demands be met to protect students from a violent blood-thirsty murderer.’
Kyle Rittenhouse hugs his defense attorney after hearing his acquittal on November 19 at the courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin
On top of demanding for Rittenhouse’s withdrawal from campus, left learning groups are also asking that the university release a statement denouncing ‘white supremacy”; that it backs a ‘multicultural safe space on campus’; and that it redirects funding from the ASU police force to support the aforementioned ‘safe space from white supremacy.’
The woke groups plan to hold a ‘rally and protest to get murderer Kyle Rittenhouse off our campus’ on December 1.
A Students for Socialism spokesman said that ASU must understand that other students do not feel safe with a ‘mass shooter’ being admitted.
‘The goal of these demands is to let the ASU administration know that we as the ASU community do not feel safe knowing that a mass shooter, who has expressed violent intentions about ‘protecting property’ over people, is so carelessly allowed to be admitted to the school at all,’ the spokesman told Fox.
‘Our campus is already unsafe as is, and we would like to abate this danger as much as possible.’
Rittenhouse’s lawyers successfully argued that the teenager was acting in self-defense when he shot dead Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, now 28.
He took the stand to describe how he was in fear of his life after being attacked by protesters who threatened to kill him.
Following the verdict, President Joe Biden said he was ‘angry and concerned’ but appealed for calm.
Last year, he branded Rittenhouse a ‘white supremacist’ during his campaign to defeat Donald Trump.
Republicans have accused the president of ‘slandering’ Rittenhouse, while conservative commentators such as Fox News’ Sean Hannity suggest Biden could be guilty of defamation.