Arizona State Socialist Students Protest Against Rittenhouse

Left-leaning “woke” student organizations at Arizona State University demand that the administration kick Kyle Rittenhouse out of the university.

The Arizona State University Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU are all calling on the Arizona State University administration to take action against Rittenhouse by withdrawing him from the university and releasing a statement against him.

The four groups are calling him “Murderer Kyle Rittenhouse.”

Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges against him as jurors finished deliberations on Nov. 19. He faced charges after fatally shooting two people and shooting and injuring a third man during the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 25, 2020.’

Rittenhouse is a student at Arizona State University online, according to local affiliate 12News.

The groups also demand that the university administration “reaffirm support for the multicultural center on campus as a safe space from White Supremacy.”

Students making the demands also want the administration to redirect funding from the Arizona State University Police Department to the multicultural center, and they are demanding “the establishment of a care center on campus.”

The groups are also hosting a “Rally and protest to get murderer Kyle Rittenhouse off our campus” on Dec. 1 at Arizona State University. 

“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system – Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims,” the demand letter states. “Join us to demand from ASU that those demands be met to protect students from a violent blood-thirsty murderer.”

A Students for Socialism at ASU spokesperson told the press that the ultimate goal of the demands is to let the university administration know that they do not feel safe knowing that a “mass shooter” is admitted to the school.

“The goal of these demands is to let the ASU administration know that we as the ASU community do not feel safe knowing that a mass shooter, who has expressed violent intentions about ‘protecting property’ over people, is so carelessly allowed to be admitted to the school at all,” the spokesperson said. “Our campus is already unsafe as is, and we would like to abate this danger as much as possible.”

The Students for Socialism chapter spokesperson contended that the Rittenhouse trial “effectively gives right-winged individuals the license to kill other individuals who protest for human rights.”

“Rittenhouse took the lives of innocent people with the intent to do so—by strapping an assault rifle to himself in a crowd of unarmed citizens. That is the textbook definition of intention. The decision made by the court is one of thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges, predominantly white juries, and mistakes inherent in a judicial system founded off of injustice to begin with,” the spokesperson said.

On Monday, Nov. 29, an ASU statement confirmed that Rittenhouse was no longer a student at the university. “Our records show that he is not currently enrolled,” ASU spokesperson Jay Thorne wrote in an email. “There was no action taken by the university.”

Thorne would not provide more information about whether Rittenhouse withdrew from classes or why his enrollment status changed.

Although it’s not clear from the university why Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled, it seems he can still apply for courses or a degree in the future.

“Any qualified individual can apply for admission,” Thorne wrote in an email.

The same would have been true with a guilty verdict. ASU does not ask questions about criminal history in the admissions process or for online enrollment, so even if Rittenhouse was imprisoned, he could continue as an ASU online student, Thorne previously said.

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