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Teacher Responsible For Pulling Down Crosses Forced From Teaching Duties

The teacher who encouraged her students to pull down an anti-abortion display has been removed from teaching classes and will retire a the end of the semester.

Northern Kentucky University president James Vortruba wrote a letter announcing the university's stance against Professor Sally Jacobsen in response to her action last week.   

In the letter, Votruba said, "one of the important roles that a univeristy must play is to be a forum for debate and analysis concerning the improtant issues of the day.  Often these issues are surrounded by strident rhetoric and strong emotions, which makes it even more incumbent on the university to create and nurture an intellectual environment in which reason and evidence prevail and where all points of view can be heard."

That view was a Right to Life group that placed 400 crosses in a grassy commons area.  The group used the crosses to make a statement against abortion.

Votruba said that student and faculty groups that do not necessarily support the position of the Right to Life group have come out in support of the group's right to be heard through their display. 

Jacobsen, although her role is not clear, was reported to lead her students in an exercise of their own free speech by pulling the crosses from the ground and throwing them into trash cans. 

Jacobsen has taught at the university for 27 years. 

Votruba writes, "By leading her students in the destruction of an approved student organization display, Professor Sally Jacobsen's actions were inconsistent with Norther Kentucky University's commitment to free and open debate adn the opportunity for all sides to be heard without threat of censorship or reprisal."

FOX19 News continues to follow this developing story and will have more as it becomes availble.

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