Anthony Gockowski, Campus Reform, April 14, 2016
The College Republicans (CR) at Ohio University (OU) wrote a message on their school’s “Graffiti Wall” that mocked the idea of safe spaces, causing some students to demand a police investigation into the matter.
“Trigger Warning: There are no safe spaces in real life. You can’t wall off the First Amendment,” CR members painted on the wall, later claiming responsibility for the messages.
In response, one student demanded a “mandatory investigation” and another vowed to “beat the shit” out of the CR members.
“We can start w/ a mandatory investigation because trigger warning is literally a threat,” one student tweeted at her campus police department.
Last week, a group of anonymous students painted the slogans “Build the Wall” and “Trump 2016” on the free speech wall, rendering the involvement of OU’s president, who apologized to students who were “hurt” by the messages.
Prior to his response, OU’s LGBT center tweeted a photo depicting an updated version of the free speech wall, showing that the Trump graffiti had been painted over with messages such as “Build Bridges Not Walls” and “Latino Pride.”