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Student at Washington State University Repeatedly Destroys Pro-Life Display

“This reeks of just another misguided college student seeking 15 minutes of fame and attention. Actions speak louder than words, and seeing young adults throw tantrums like this makes people realize that this is the future of the United States.”

A male student at Washington State University became angry when he encountered a display that was put together by pro-life organization Students For Life. The “Cemetery of the Innocent” was set up on campus by the group and featured 300 tiny pink crosses in honor of aborted children. Somehow, this triggered a student named Keaton Aspell, who took it upon himself to destroy the display in a video that was posted to Facebook. According to Aspell, he destroyed the display because it was “pushing a religious agenda,” and he was highly outraged by that. In an interview he gave to the campus newspaper, Aspell said he was disgusted to find the display. “I was like, ‘this is disgusting,’” the college student told the newspaper.

Riveting stuff, I know. He continued to say that he didn’t feel that the display promoted unity; instead, it caused divisiveness. After he destroyed property that was not his, Students For Life set the display back up only to have Aspell return and tear it back down again. One of the members said she attempted to initiate a calm and civil conversation with Aspell, but he continued to destroy the display in his fit of rage. After dialogue failed, she had no choice but to contact the campus police.

The guy taking the crosses down(Keaton Aspell): "I'm taking them down because, could you imagine if a girl that decided to get an abortion saw this? And how much shame she would feel?" I completely agree. These displays aren't for education or awareness, they are shaming women for choosing what they want to do with their bodies and that's not right.

Posted by Shay Dingfelder on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Naturally, Keaton Aspell took to social media to post about what he had done. It was there where he was egged on by positive responses to his outrageous behavior. One of his female supporters said that the display is harmful to those who have had abortions and would cause them to be “heartbroken.” Luckily, the president of Washington State University—Mr. Kirk Schulz—released a statement defending the pro-life group’s right to freedom of expression—an idea that seems to have gotten lost to the previous generation’s sense of entitlement.

Even in light of Mr. Schulz’s statement, Aspell said he would do it again. So while the president of the university reminds the community that the pro-life group acted well within their rights, Aspell will hold his ground and defend committing crimes such as vandalism because he’s triggered by something that has absolutely no consequence to his own body. It seems like many of these social justice warriors take to social media to receive validation and back pats for their actions. If a person has that strong of a conviction about an issue, seeking approval via social media shouldn’t be a priority.

I also didn’t read any mention of Aspell being involved in organizations or causes that support his so-called beliefs in a woman’s right to choose. This reeks of just another misguided college student seeking 15 minutes of fame and attention. Actions speak louder than words, and seeing young adults throw tantrums like this makes people realize that this is the future of the United States. Personally, I’d rather participate in a meeting with someone who has opposing views before I would put my hands on their property. Better yet, I was raised not to touch things that do not belong to me.

Angelina Newsom

Angelina Newsom is an OpsLens Contributor and U.S. Army Veteran. She has ten years experience in the military, including a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She studies Criminal Justice and is still active within the military community.

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