Many Arizona State University student groups have announced a protest to keep Kyle Rittenhouse, a prospective student, off their campus next semester.
The “Killer Off Campus” Rally, which is planned for Wednesday, seeks to bar Rittenhouse from attending the school due to matters of safety, led by leftists organizations Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition and the Mexican American student group.
Earlier this month Kyle Rittenhouse was controversially acquitted of all charges after a deadly confrontation during a police shooting protest in Kenosha, Wa. Claiming self-defense, Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, was found not guilty of shooting and killing two protestors, as well as injuring a third person who survived.
After revealing that he was an online student in the nursing program at ASU, but wished to attend school on campus, university students demanded that the teenager be kicked out and called him a “blood-thirsty murderer.”
A list of four demands were posted on the Students for Socialism Twitter account, which garners over 1,256 followers. According to the post, the “Killer Off Campus” rally will seek Kyle Rittenhouse’s status at ASU withdrawn, a message from the school denouncing white supremacy, a reaffirmation that the school is a safe place for students, and establishment of a Child and Adolescent Abuse Resource and Evaluation (CAARE) center on campus.
“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system,” the student group wrote, “Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims.”
“Join us to demand from ASU that these demands be met to protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murder,” the group declared.
A spokesperson for Students for Socialism later told Fox News that they would feel unsafe having Kyle Rittenhouse on campus, and that they believed the court’s decision “effectively gives right-winged individuals the license to kill other individuals who protest for human rights.”
“The decision made by the court is one of thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges [and] predominantly white juries,” the spokesperson said. “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.”
According to ASU, Kyle Rittenhouse’s online coursework would not have changed even if a guilty verdict was read, since online education is considered part of the rehabilitation process for the incarcerated.
University spokesperson Jay Thorne also confirmed that Arizona State University doesn’t ask about an applicant’s criminal history when signing up for online courses.
A statement released by the University in mid-November clarified that Kyle Rittenhouse is not a student at ASU, however, and is actually a non-degree-seeking online participant partaking in a class geared toward prospective students who want to apply to the university.
In court, Kyle Rittenhouse previously claimed that he was an ASU nursing student taking classes online. A spokesperson for ASU later confirmed that “Kyle Rittenhouse has not gone through the admissions process with Arizona State University and is not enrolled in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.”
The online program he was taking “allows students access to begin taking classes as they prepare to seek admission into a degree program at the university,” according to the school.
An opposing ASU student body, College Republicans United, raised $14,000 to support Rittenhouse and plans to donate the funds to help pay for his legal fees.
Club President Jesse Fischer told AZ Central that he was “glad that in the end he got a fair trial,” and hopes his group of 20 students will continue to grow.
Though ASU has yet to comment on the rally, they denounced College Republicans United, and refused to acknowledge them as an official student body on campus.
“While there is no policy prohibiting student groups from raising funds for an effort such as this,” ASU wrote on Twitter, “it is not an effort endorsed or supported by the university.”