Horowitz Attacked with Pie at Ball State University · 10 November 2006

By Press Release from SAF
Filed under: Press Coverage
For Immediate Release
November 10, 2006 Contact: Elizabeth Ruiz
800-752-6562, ext. 202

Elizabeth@horowitzfreedomcenter.org 

In a planned attack at Ball State University Wednesday night, a student protestor hurled a cream pie at Students for Academic Freedom Chairman David Horowitz in an effort to disrupt his forthcoming speech on the campus. The pie missed Horowitz, instead striking Ball State Public Safety Director Gene Burton, who stepped forward to intercept the attack.

Two female protestors, including the student who actually threw the pie, and another demonstrator who fled after the botched attack, were arrested by University police. Ball State Junior Cassandra Reed was charged with three counts of battery of a police officer and resisting arrest and Grace Mitchell was also arrested on charges of resisting arrest. They were taken to jail and bail was set at $17,500 and $25,000 respectively.

Reed and Mitchell were among several protestors present at the event. The attack occurred prior to Horowitz’s speech, while he was speaking with a reporter from NewsLink Indiana, a local news website. Horowitz proceeded to address the students gathered for the event, emphasizing that political indoctrination and one-sided education should not be tolerated on college and university campuses.  

This attack on Horowitz is the second to occur on an Indiana campus. In April of 2005, Horowitz was hit in the face by a chocolate cream pie while speaking at Butler University. In that instance, the University apologized and promised to pursue action against the assailants if they could be identified.

"There are problems on this campus, quite obviously," Horowitz said. "I was invited here to speak, and before I could even do that, I was physically attacked."

“I was very disappointed that the students who opposed the message David was trying to communicate couldn’t voice their opposition in a more respectful manner and I think a lot of people missed the point of what I was trying to accomplish in hosting him at Ball State last night,” said student Kyle Ellis, treasurer and events coordinator for the Ball State College Republicans who organized Horowitz’s speech. “The event wasn’t about causing controversy or causing a disruption on campus. It was about trying to give conservative students a voice on campus when a lot of times they don’t have one.”

“This incident demonstrates the climate of hostility and disrespect that exists toward intellectual diversity and free speech on this campus,” Horowitz added. “I am pleased to see that thus far Ball State appears to be treating this incident as the serious matter that it is. I urge the University to make clear to the entire student body that any efforts to suppress free expression on this campus will not be tolerated.”

Students for Academic Freedom is a national movement to promote intellectual diversity and to restore educational values to America’s institutions of higher learning. The organization recommends that colleges and universities adopt an Academic Bill of Rights to ensure that these principles are respected. The Academic Bill of Rights is available on the organization’s website at www.studentsforacademicfreedom.org.

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