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Published by MIAMIHERALD.COM
A conservative activist invited and then prevented from speaking at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High will bring his gun-rights message to an off-campus location later this month, a student organizer said on Friday.
The turning away of prominent pundit Charlie Kirk, seen in some right-wing circles as the latest example of school campuses censoring conservative ideas, was not based on ideological biases, according to a spokesperson for Broward County Public Schools.
It is important to note that the article goes on to state the following:
“The school’s administration has met with the student organizers and advised them that non-school sponsored, student-initiated guest speaker assemblies/meetings are not permitted to take place on campus,” wrote spokesperson Cathleen Brennan in an email to the Miami Herald.
Kirk, 24, is the founder of Turning Point USA, a conservative group that aims to “push back against intolerance and bias against conservatives in higher education,” according to a mission statement posted to its website. His group, which claims to have representation on more than 1,200 high school and college campuses nationwide, regularly inks sponsorship deals with the National Rifle Association.
The Miami Herald noted that two conservative students invited Kirk to come speak, but that the school has now put a stop to the planned event.
The invitation came from Marjory Stoneman Douglas juniors Kyle Kashuv and Patrick Petty, two conservative students whose politics have served as counterweights to the more publicized sentiment favoring gun control that emerged from student leaders at the school following the Valentine’s Day shooting.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 11, 2018
I have been invited by students at Parkland high school to come as a guest speaker in the coming 2 weeks. I excitedly accept and look forward to discussing our right to bear arms in front of a captive student audience
This is of course unless I get blocked by the administration https://t.co/MUxaUefhxm
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 12, 2018
As people are already quite angry at me for wanting @charliekirk11 to come to campus and are threatening to protest his appearance, it is evident that #2A isn’t the only amendment under attack. Dialogue is how we fix issues, not by being scared of ideas. #DefendTheSecond
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 12, 2018
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 13, 2018