DePaul University has denied a request to have conservative commentator Ben Shapiro give a speech at the university, citing security concerns.
“DePaul University’s Office of Public Safety determined, after observing events which took place when Mr. Shapiro spoke elsewhere, that it was not in a position to provide the type of security that would be required to properly host this event at this time,” DePaul spokeswoman Carol Hughes said in an email.
Shapiro is a columnist and radio commentator whose books include “Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth.” Videos on social media show Shapiro discrediting the Black Lives Matter movement. His talks have sparked protests on college campuses.
The Young America’s Foundation, a conservative youth organization, said in a statement on its website that members have worked with Shapiro for the past six months on tours of college campuses.
In a statement, the organization condemned DePaul’s decision.
“If DePaul does not reverse its decision to ban Ben, it must immediately remove any claim to support free speech and expression from its website and marketing materials or become a fraudulent laughingstock,” the statement said.
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