Leftist students at Arizona State University in Tempe will stage a rally and protest on Dec. 1 demanding that acquitted “blood-thirsty murderer” Kyle Rittenhouse be driven off campus.
There’s just one problem: Rittenhouse is “not currently enrolled” in any program at the university, ASU said in a Nov. 29 statement.
“Kyle Rittenhouse has not gone through the ASU admissions process. University records show that he is not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU,” the statement said.
On Nov. 19, a jury found Rittenhouse, 18, not guilty on five charges after fatally shooting two men during violent riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. Rittenhouse argued he acted in self-defense.
In early November, ASU released an initial statement after Rittenhouse testified during the trial that he was studying to be a nurse at ASU.
“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 university said in the statement. “ASU can confirm that Mr. Rittenhouse enrolled as a non-degree seeking ASU Online student for the session that started Oct. 13, 2021, which allows students access to begin taking classes as they prepare to seek admission into a degree program at the university.”
“During the trial when he said he was attending ASU, we were able to confirm him as a non-degree seeking online student – NOT in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Our records now indicate that he is not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU,” said Jay Thorne, ASU’s Assistant Vice President, Media Relations and Strategic Communications.
Attorney Mark Richards of Racine, Wisconsin, could not be reached for comment.
In the meantime, Students For Socialism ASU issued a list of four demands: first, that Rittenhouse withdraw from ASU, and second, that the university release a statement “against white supremacy & racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse.” The third demand seeks to reaffirm support for a campus multicultural center as a space “safe from white supremacy.”
The fourth and final demand aims to redirect funding from campus police to support the multicultural center and the establishment of a Community Action Advocacy Restoration Empowerment (CAARE) Center on campus.
“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 Students for Socialism ASU added. “Join us to demand from ASU that these demands be met to protect the students from a violent, blood-thirty murderer.”
The group announced it will hold a rally and protest in the Nelson Fine Arts Center Courtyard at ASU on Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m.
“People seem to think that because Rittenhouse dropped his online classes that he won’t be attending ASU,” Students for Socialism ASU wote on Twitter Nov. 30. “He states in his News Nation interview that he plans to re-enroll for the next semester — we won’t let him!”
Arizona State Rep. Mark Finchem, a Republican, said the leftist students’ rhetoric is a “perfect example of the ignorant ‘woke’ crowd refusing live by the rule of law.”
“A jury of Kyle’s peers, after deliberating the evidence, found him not guilty,” Finchem told The Epoch Times. “Perhaps the crimes of the Marxists need to receive the same scrutiny that the left has placed upon this innocent man.”
“In their attempt to force a state university to act as an enforcement arm for their ‘sit down and shut up’ agenda, they have demonstrated that they do not care about civil rights, they care only about perverting our legal system and the protections that even they would enjoy,” Finchem added.