Milo Yiannopoulos Events At Two Universities Canceled Over Security Concerns - For Very Different Reasons

Don Crothers

Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart writer, alt-right pundit, and still banned from Twitter, recently had the rug pulled out from under two American university appearances.

According to The Diamondback, Yiannopoulos was scheduled to appear at the University of Maryland sponsored by Terps for Trump, a group which, in their words, "is for high energy University of Maryland Students who wish to elect Donald J Trump for President in 2016." Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak to the group on October 26.

Terps for Trump, in an EventBrite email, canceled the event, citing high-security costs. The group was able to raise about $2,000 to cover costs, but security, provided by local police, would cost them $6,500.

The reason the student group was cited for the high cost was the need for extra officers and K9 units, along with a change in venue; the security organizers had heard of bomb threats and other incidents at schools which the blogger had spoken at in the past and was sufficiently concerned to consider the extra precautions necessary.

Patrice Ripley of Terps for Trump wasn't having it, however.

"This move is nothing short of a hecklers veto and is absolutely deplorable. I hope to be able to give more by Monday, the way free speech is being treated on campus is horrendous and unacceptable."
"It seems that university administrators have failed to realize that the precautions they must take when faced with a controversial guest lecturer are a result of the inability of their students to behave rationally in the face of opposing viewpoints."
"Freedom of speech has been protected, but fear and hate is not coming to our campus."

Yiannopoulos faced considerable criticism for remarks made at the scene of the Pulse Nightclub shooting several days later. [Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images]

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education responded that this was, again, an attack on free speech.

"It's incumbent on administrators to not cut off debate and discussions because people are offended by them. Nobody is being forced to go hear the speaker. In fact, students who are offended and disagree with the viewpoint should seek out the speaker to raise questions and try to them prove them wrong. It's an intellectual exercise."

When asked for comment, Yiannopoulos responded that the security concerns were "garbage."

"The only person really at risk at any of my talks is me."

Ultimately, the issue of controversial speakers on college campuses is one of the major issues of our day, and doesn't have an easy answer - especially in America, which, by and large, does not have anti-hate-speech legislation.

Who do you think is in the right here?

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