Judge sides against Arizona State students arrested for protesting – final exams, graduation off

A group of Arizona State University students who were arrested and suspended during a turbulent anti-Israel protest last week will definitely NOT be moving forward academically this year.

Why not? Because on Friday a district judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction against their suspension, meaning the suspension remains in effect.

This in turn “means the 20 ASU students cannot go on to campus or communicate with their professors,” Phoenix station KNXV notes.

Which, their attorney has argued, “will cause ‘irreparable harm’ because it means the students will not be able to enroll in summer or fall classes, and in the case of Breanna Brocker, who is a senior at ASU, will not be able to graduate,” according to KNXV.

Listen to Brocker complaining about this below:

“I’m a little disappointed,” she said in the clip above. “I’m being restricted from a lot of things right now that I didn’t expect to be for standing up for something I believe in. And I have family coming in, who I have to let them know to not come to my graduation ceremonies.”

“I am glad that there is a guarantee that my courses will be taken care of so I don’t have to worry necessarily about my graduation requirements and the fact that I will earn my degree, as I have spent the past four years doing. But I’m just disappointed. I mean, I’m a 2020 high school grad, so I wasn’t able to walk then. And so, here it is, I’m not able to walk now,” she added.

When asked whether she’d do it all over again knowing the consequences, she stunning said hell yeah.

“I mean, yeah, I would,” she said. “I was doing what I believed was right, and I still believe it to be right. I would stand up for the cause again even if it means something negative to me, because like, the cause is … so much harm has been done to all of these people already.”

“I am safe. I may not graduate, and that might harm future job prospects and all that, but I’m not in physical danger. I’m not constantly worried about being hurt or being forced from my home or anything like that. I would absolutely stand up again and protest again,” she added.

As seen below, the public wasn’t too sympathetic to her:

As noted by one of the commenters, the so-called “protests” have been anything but peaceful. ASU has said the same.

“The April 26 encampment was more than a protest,” Jerry Gonzalez, assistant director of media relations, said in a press release. “There were multiple violations of university or ABOR policy including tents, overnight presence, creating a university disturbance and being in a preservable space that wasn’t reserved by ASU students, per policy.”

“ASU’s first priority is to create a safe and secure environment for all those on campus. This includes addressing the safety of individuals who come to campus to speak, listen, protest and counter-protest. After all-day discussions about the need to remove the encampment, protestors – most of whom were not students — were told at least 20 times over loudspeakers that the encampment was an unlawful assembly and they had to disperse or face arrest. People were also warned throughout the day of the potential legal, student conduct code and academic consequences,” the statement continued.

All this comes days after, following the arrests of dozens of protesters, the remaining protesters held a press conference doubling down on their ridiculous demands, which include dropping all charges, divesting from Israel, and defunding ASU’s campus police.

Vivek Saxena

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