Arizona State University students demand Kyle Rittenhouse ‘withdraw’
Kyle Rittenhouse revealed he was an online student at Arizona State University and would like to live a quiet life on campus.Mark Hertzberg/ZUMA Press Wire
Leftist students at Arizona State University are campaigning to get Kyle Rittenhouse kicked out of his studies — calling him a racist, “blood-thirsty murderer” even though the teen was acquitted of all charges.
Four groups led by Students for Socialism are behind a rally planned for Wednesday to boot Rittenhouse, 18, who revealed that he was an online student at the Tucson school and would like to live a quiet life on campus.
“KILLER OFF CAMPUS,” reads the flyer, calling for the university to “protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer.”
A list of four demands includes getting the 18-year-old cleared killer withdrawn from ASU, as well as for the school to “release a statement against white supremacy and racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse.”
It also calls for a multicultural center to be a safe space “from white supremacy.” The groups also want police funding to instead go to a multicultural center and to get a CAARE “healing” center.
The protest is also backed by Students for Justice in Palestine, the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition and the Mexican American student group MEChA de ASU.
The student groups called for the university to “protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer.”TwitterThe groups concede that Rittenhouse — who has said he supports Black Lives Matter — was cleared of all charges over the triple
shooting during riots last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The jury agreed that he had been defending himself after getting attacked.
But the groups dismiss that as proof of a “flawed ‘justice’ system” — insisting, “Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims.”
A spokesperson for ASU’s Students for Socialism told Fox News that they do not feel safe with a “mass shooter” being “so carelessly allowed” at the school, even if he appears to be just online.
Four groups, led by Students for Socialism, made a list of demands for the university.Students for Socialism ASUThe jury’s decision to clear Rittenhouse “effectively gives right-winged individuals the license to kill other individuals who protest for human rights,” the group claimed.
“Rittenhouse took the lives of innocent people with the intent to do so—by strapping an assault rifle to himself in a crowd of unarmed citizens. That is the textbook definition of intention,” the spokesperson claimed.
“The decision made by the court is one of thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges, predominantly white juries, and mistakes inherent in a judicial system founded off of injustice to begin with,” the spokesperson said.
Arizona State University has not commented on the situation.Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times/ShutterstockRittenhouse has insisted his case “had nothing to do with race” but only “with the right to self-defense.” The three men he shot were all white.
He has also threatened legal action against those still making such accusations against him, and has insisted President Biden — who dubbed the teen a white supremacist — of defaming him with “actual malice.”
Rittenhouse had said he hoped to study either nursing or law at AUS, hoping to keep a low profile. ASU did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Monday.