Kyle Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled at the Arizona State University (ASU) following student protests demanding his withdrawal from campus despite a jury acquitting him on murder charges earlier this month.
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 that Rittenhouse has ‘not gone through the ASU admissions procession. University records show that he is not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU.’
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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, 18, 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.
During an appearance on The Charlie Kirk Show that was filmed Monday and posted Tuesday, Rittenhouse said he ‘doesn’t really care’ about the protests.
‘Look, I don’t really care that they’re protesting,’ he said. ‘I think it’s actually very silly and funny but I agree with everyone’s right to demonstrate, no matter how silly it is.’
While ASU students had voiced their outrage about Rittenhouse being a student, many spoke out on his behalf.
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’
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.’
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.