NKU student group says vandals targeted pro-life display

NKU student group says vandals targeted pro-life display
Source: Maria Walker
Source: Maria Walker
Source: Maria Walker

NORTHERN KENTUCKY (FOX19) - A representative with an anti-abortion student group at Northern Kentucky University said in 2016 the group puts up a display each year. This past year, the display was tampered with.

Around this time in 2016, a representative with the student group Northern Right to Life said the cross display had been vandalized. The display consists of many crosses and a sign that reads: "Each cross represents 10 babies that die by abortion each day."

"Be respectful and be mature. Instead of honestly taking the cowardly way out by destroying it when no one is watching, Let's have a conversation about what this is about. We're not going to move forward if we're just destroying," Maria Walker with Northern Right to Life said.

This week, university police are investigating what appears to be a similar incident.

"Based on the facts that were reported to us, which includes a missing sign and roughly 35 crosses pulled out of the ground and set aside, this case is being filed as a misdemeanor theft and criminal mischief," NKU police chief John Gaffin said Monday. "Our detective is speaking with the group, and if any new information comes to light, we will revise the case. We take all our cases seriously regardless of how they are classified."

NKU released this statement Monday:

"At NKU, we believe our country's first amendment freedoms are a central pillar in higher education and free expression is a core value that we hold dear. The display of crosses on our campus represents protected free expression, and any damage to the display is interfering with someone's exercise of free speech. We understand our students' concerns around their display being damaged and encourage an open dialog where we can come together and discuss this. We fully support our student body in exercising their right to free speech and do what we can to protect it."

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