Student Shouts "Remember Chappaquiddick!" To Ted Kennedy During On-Campus Speech, Faces Possible Dis · 01 March 2006

Filed under: Massachusetts

Yahoo News--02/23/06

Ted Kennedy, who has remained virtually unaccountable for killing Mary Jo Kopechne, was reminded of his actions during a speech at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, when a student, 20 year old Paul Trost, shouted "Remember Chappaquiddick!" Trost says he was upset by Rep. Stephen Lynch's introduction of Kennedy, which noted how Kennedy overcame hardship in life on his way to success. "Lynch said Kennedy had overcome such adversity to get to the place he was, and that's a bunch of bull," Trost said of the introduction, which occurred in the school's student center Tuesday morning.

Just as Kennedy began speaking, Trost was walking out of the room when he shouted, "Remember Chappaquiddick!"

"Most of the crowd gasped," Trost said. "Then I walked out of the student center."

The student says a campus police officer went outside and stopped him. He also saw some state troopers go outside, the type who accompany Kennedy around the state to provide security.

Trost says the cop took down his information and told him he would be hearing from school officials about disciplinary action. A spokesman with the campus police verified the incident but stressed that Trost was not arrested.

The student said one of his teachers confronted him after a class about the Chappaquiddick issue.

"One of my teachers called me ignorant and told me this was an embarrassment to the school," Trost told WND. "She said to me, 'Can't you forgive him after all these years?' And I said, 'No, he killed somebody.'

" If it had been me or any other person, we'd be in jail," Trost says he told his instructor.

Trost says he "wanted to send a message to [Kennedy] that my generation still knows about it. We haven't forgotten about it."
the incident sparked conversation amongst students about what happened in Chappaquiddick back in 1969, and -not suprisingly- a number of students were not familiar with the incident. Trost does not know what will happen to him yet, but it is interesting that there is any consideration of disciplinary action, considering outbursts at Bush events are defended by liberals as free speech... one would assume free speech applies to criticisms of Democrats also.