JUST IN: (VIDEO) MSU Pro-Life Display Damaged, Students Harassed
"A pro-life display: 'Cemetery of the Innocents' at Michigan State University was damaged, parts stolen, and pro-lifers harassed."
Author: Sergei Kelley
A pro-life display: “Cemetery of the Innocents” at Michigan State University was damaged, parts stolen, and pro-lifers harassed.
The Morning Watch collected a video and testimonies from three eyewitnesses.
The display, placed by Protect Life at MSU, included 927 red flags and two large signs. The signs indicated each flag represented 1,000 lives, totaling 927,000 abortions performed in the US annually.
On October 9, the display was first threatened by a groundskeeper alleging the group was littering and did not have permission. After he took two large display signs, a Protect Life at MSU member threatened to call the police. The groundskeeper then left.
The group did have permission for the display.
Moments later, a female student proceeded to take several flags and a display sign. Confronting the student, “refusing to stop or give them back...she threw them in the trash can,” Protect Life member Grant Layle told The Morning Watch. The sign was recovered and the police were notified.
Only a few minutes went by, where according to two members, a female student on rollerblades pulled one of the two display signs. She fled the scene with the sign.
Another batch of flags were pulled out by two girls who held a piece of paper to “to talk about the foster care system instead of abortion or something like that,” recollected a Protect Life member at the display.
In addition, a male student reportedly trampled through flags as he walked by.
Throughout the day, obscenities were reportedly thrown at the pro-lifers. Many from cars as they drove past the display on Shaw and Farm Lane. Member Tim Szocinski reports he heard, “F*** you! It’s none of your business!”
In a statement from Protect Life Michigan, Executive Director Christen Pollo told The Morning Watch, “Protect Life Michigan serves nearly every university in the state and many host this display each year. We seek to have productive dialogue with students of all backgrounds, helping them understand the injustice of abortion. I am disappointed that the students we encountered today couldn’t engage us in dialogue and instead resorted to violence and theft to make their beliefs known.”
President of Protect Life at MSU Peri Pung stated, “our goal using the Cemetery of the Innocents display on campus today was to show as many students as possible the reality of abortion, and engage in dialogue with the students about what they believe.”
She further told The Morning Watch, “in the future, we hope that students, regardless of what they believe... have productive conversations instead of choosing to damage and steal our property.”
Contributor: Sergei Kelley