Skip to comments.University Prepares Response to Abortion Display Vandalism, Prof to Retire
Posted on 04/17/2006 4:53:32 PM PDT by rhema
Highland Heights, KY -- Officials at Northern Kentucky University are preparing an official statement to faculty and students at the college in response to a professor and her students vandalizing a pro-life display meant to oppose abortion. Meanwhile the professor involved is slated to retire in a few weeks. Last week, NKU British literature professor Sally Jacobsen and several of her students destroyed a display of hundreds of crosses pro-life students have put up in the grass outside the student center to talk about the 47 million unborn babies who have been killed via abortion.
Campus police are investigating the vandalism and criminal charges and university sanctions could result.
Chris Cole, a spokesman for NKU president James Votruba has said more than 100 emails have been received from faculty and staff concerned about the implications of the vandalism and denying the free speech rights of the campus Right to Life group.
"The tenor has been, 'We don't approve of or condone this.' They don't want that conduct to reflect on NKU faculty," Cole told the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper.
He indicated that the university will definitely take action against Jacobson and the students involved once the police investigation has concluded.
"I think it will be telling our campus community that NKU doesn't condone what took place Wednesday night, and there is an investigation going on, and action will be taken," he told the Cincinnati paper.
Jacobson has admitted encouraging students in her class to engage in the vandalism but would not comment to the media about whether she was involved. However, a reporter from the student newspaper caught the professor on camera ripping up a sign set up next to the crosses.
The Enquirer reports that Jacobson is set to retire in a few weeks but did not elaborate as to whether the retirement was planned or is a result of her involvement in the vandalism.
"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom of speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said last week after the incident.
Responding to her comments, Votruba, the NKU president, said, "I don't know if she was pulling up the crosses, but I think she was out there with the students. If so, as far as I'm concerned, she went outside the conditions of her employment."
Jacobson told the Enquirer she was upset by the pro-life display which she labeled a "slap in the face" to women who might be considering "the agonizing and very private decision to have an abortion."
The professor claimed it wasn't clear who put up the cross display, but members of Northern Right to Life, the campus pro-life group, received permission from the school to use the lawn outside the campus center for it.
After Dr. Jacobson and NKU students destroyed the display, members of the group decided put new crosses up in their place and camp out overnight on Thursday to make sure they weren't vandalized again.
The student group also told The Northerner student newspaper it plans to press charges with local police.
"We called the police and told them that we decided to press charges," Julie Broering, treasurer for the group, said. The decision came after members of the pro-life club held a day-long meeting and vote.
David Tobergte, an administrative sergeant with the University Police said those involved could face felony theft charges and any students could also face university sanctions regarding the incident.
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This old bat actually thinks abortion is "private".
Destroying someone else's property is speech???
When a mother can claim the child's DNA is 100% her own then perhaps (and an extremely large perhaps it is), she can claim ownership of the child - just like any other slave holder.
She recieved over 100 emails from faculty and staff. I wonder how many she recieved from FReepers, I sent one.
I wondered about that too.lol And sadly she's been teaching people for years.
"I did, outside of class during the break, invite students to express their freedom of speech rights to destroy the display if they wished to," Jacobsen said last week after the incident."
What a moron. Would turnabout be fair play, Ms. Jacobsen? Could we come destroy your property if it represented a position we didn't agree with? She is so typical of these types - free speech for me, none for thee.
It is her freedom of expression, followed by the democratic decision of the Right to Life club members to press charges by filing a police report!
Hopefully they will fire her BEFORE she reaches retirement and will lose any pension provided by the college.
That Photo should be circulated with the caption "College Professor and Students Trample Babies' Grave Markers". I will concede, though, that it may be the Christian symbol that they find satisfying to desecrate, more than the memorial markers of killed babies.
I wonder if anyone has thought to put up crosses of different colors. Black for the African-American babies that have died, brown for the Hispanic, and white or pink for Caucasian. Seeing the disparities should cause our African-American brothers and sisters to think about what the abortion industry has done to their race. God Forgive us all.
Now, I think that is a brilliant idea!!!
Where can we get a breakdown of abortions by race?
Retro-active abortion for miz jacobson.
I don't agree with the political statement that she makes with her car. I guess she agrees with my right to destory her car. Now, where'd I leave my Truckasaurus?
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