(Billy Hallowell) Pro-life students at DePaul University recently erected an anti-abortion display to mark the 40th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case. While they were intent on exercising their free-speech rights, their work was inevitably torn down by other pupils at the school who clearly disagreed with the message.
Surprisingly, in the wake of the incident, it’s the head of the conservative campus group responsible for assembling the memorial who’s now in the hot seat. Kristopher DelCampo, 23, could face potential expulsion for publishing the names of his peers who destroyed the flag display.
The student, who chairs the campus chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, was found guilty by campus officials of two violations: “Disorderly, Violent, Intimidating or Dangerous Behavior to Self or Others” and “Judicial Process Compliance,” Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports.
Ironically, Del Campo came under fire for making public the incident report surrounding the attack on the pro-life memorial. He published the document on the YAF web site — something the university apparently didn’t take too kindly to.
Before we delve too deeply into that portion of the story, let’s take a moment to recap the story from start to finish, in case you missed it when it was originally reported last month. Starnes explains:
[In] January Del Campo and other pro-life students received permission from the university to erect a pro-life display featuring 500 flags. Vandals later destroyed the display – stuffing a number of the flags into trash cans.
The university’s public safety department launched an investigation and eventually identified 13 students who confessed to the crime. Those names were then released by the university to Del Campo.
On Feb. 5 the national Young Americans for Freedom organization posted the names of the vandals on their website. The posting generated negative comments directed at the vandals – and the university held Del Campo responsible.
So, Del Campo, a psychology major, is apparently being held accountable for the negative comments that were waged against the perpetrators. Ten days after the posting of the names went public, the student was officially charged with violating the schools “Code of Student Responsibility.”
Naturally, representatives from YAF and other groups are speaking out with dismay that Del Campo is being punished when he was initially the victim of the crime.
Pete Bonilla, a staff member at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, is among those defending the student. In a letter, he wrote to DePaul’s president, noting that the publication of names of students who have already confessed to vandalizing shouldn’t warrant such a harsh response.