CONSERVATIVE activist Kaitlin Bennett, who rose to fame as ‘Gun Girl’ after posing with an AR-10 at her college graduation, claims she was the target of a “riot”.
Videos Bennett shared online show a large crowd of students protesting as she arrived at Ohio University on Monday, with some splashing water at her car.
Other footage captured of her visit showed the crowd following Bennett, friend Joel Patrick and a security guard around the campus as she attempted to interview students for a President’s Day stunt, chanting insults and throwing toilet paper.
“This is what happens when a Trump supporter goes to a college campus,” 24-year-old Bennett captioned a video of the crowd taken from inside her car.
“Leftists started a riot when [we] showed up, and the [Ohio University] let it happen,” she claimed.
“They [protesters] threw projectiles and poured hot coffee on us, and there's video of [police] officers witnessing [Joel’s] truck being vandalized.
The gun rights activist and founder of conservative youth website Liberty Hangout claimed local police should have done more to stop the students from harassing her.
But Ohio University Police said in a statement that the students were, like Bennett, only exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech.
“[Bennett] drew a large crowd of people, many with opposing viewpoints, who also chose to exercise their First Amendment rights,” the statement said.
“Contrary to allegations circulating on social media, the incident did not rise to the level of a riot.There was strong language, and allegations that some unknown person(s) in the crowd splashed water, but there were no reported injuries or violence, and no one was arrested during the incident.”
Despite the furious response from OU students, the Kent State University alma mater insisted on Twitter she would be back.
“I will absolutely be returning to [the OU] campus again, and next time I'll bring an army of gun owners for an open carry walk through campus,” Bennett said.
“You can't keep us away and you can't keep us silent.”
Ohio University spokesperson Carly Leatherwood said in a statement on Tuesday the school is “committed to fostering an atmosphere that allows the free and peaceful exchange of diverse thoughts and ideas.”
Bennett inflamed gun control debates in 2018 when she celebrated her graduation from Kent State University, Ohio, by strolling campus armed with an AR-10 rifle.
“Now that I graduated from [Kent State], I can finally arm myself on campus," she said in the May 2018 tweet, which has garnered more than 35,000 likes.
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"I should have been able to do so as a student — especially since [four] unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus."
She wore a graduation cap printed with the message, “come and take it.”
Her comment reflects the Kent State University policy which permit visitors, but not students or teachers, to open carry outdoors on campus.
Bennett once tweeted Parkland school shooting survivor and gun safety activist David Hogg, challenging him to an arm-wrestling protest. He did not reply.