UCF police are investigating after a campus clash between gun rights activist Kaitlin Bennett and protesters chanting, “Go home, Kaitlin! Go home, Kaitlin!” Bennett, a conservative activist who visits college campuses throughout the U.S., tweeted that she had visited UCF to ask students who would be a better president for Black Americans, former Vice President Joe Biden or current President Donald Trump. At first, Bennett’s group did not comply with UCF’s policy requiring everyone to wear masks, but they later complied when they were asked to put them on, university authorities said.
Students said interactions between Bennett and the protesters became physical and were allowed to escalate. “One of the students got choked,” student Alexis Torres said. “A kid literally got sucker-punched. It’s really a big deal because we wanted to know why the cops let it escalate to that point in the first place and didn’t stop and intervene before it got to that point.” “I’m honestly kind of offended at the fact that a woman who doesn’t even attend this campus and has actually graduated from college still decides to come and pester college students for YouTube views,” student Alexandra Wagahoff said. Bennett, who attracted attention in 2018 for toting an AR-10 rifle around Kent State’s campus after graduating, tweeted on Thursday that she believed it was the protest group that violated campus policy with its large crowd. In her tweets, she called the protesters “left wing” and urged President Donald Trump to defund public universities. [full article]