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Ohio U student protesters run Kaitlin Bennett off campus

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Kaitlin Bennett, the controversial “Kent State gun girl,” was swiftly run off Ohio University’s campus Monday by hundreds of protesters displeased by her provocative first visit to Athens.

Bennett, accompanied by a towering bodyguard and members of her conservative activist website Liberty Hangout, claimed the group dropped by Ohio U on President’s Day to film a video asking students “trivia” questions related to the holiday.

Instead, Bennett was barraged by students demanding that she leave town, with some throwing rolls of toilet paper at her in reference to a viral rumor suggesting she defecated herself at a Kent State University party while she was a student. Others pushed into the fray to give Bennett hugs.

A large group of students gathered Monday outside of Baker Center to protest Kaitlin Bennett, often referred to as “Kent State gun girl.” Photo by Sarah Donaldson.

“It seems like the most liberal college in Ohio is also the most intolerant, the most disgusting and the most horrific when it comes to diversity of opinion, and that’s what we’re showing here today,” Bennett said.

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Because of the protest, the video will no longer be about President’s Day trivia, she said. Instead, it will vilify the protesters and her political opponents.

The crowd surrounding Bennett traveled with her from outside Baker Center’s fourth floor, down the building’s escalators, through West Green and returned to the ground level of Baker Center where Bennett’s bright orange Ford truck was parked nearby.

She and her cohort loaded into the truck and left campus less than two hours after arriving. She vowed in a Tweet later Monday evening to return to Ohio U with “an army of gun owners for an open carry walk through campus.”

The activist staged a high-profile open-carry gun march at Kent State University in 2018, drawing hundreds of armored police officers and Antifa.

“I kind of feel like she just came here to get this reaction. I think it’s just kind of attention seeking behavior. I don’t know if she thinks she’s going to change anyone’s mind out here,” sophomore Liam McSteen said of her visit to Ohio U.

Ohio University Police Department had a large presence at the protest to ensure all parties’ rights were protected and did not ask Bennett to leave, Lt. Tim Ryan said.

The incident did not rise to the level of a riot and there were no arrests or reports of injury or violence, according to a statement from the OUPD. The department also did not receive prior notification of Bennett’s plans to visit campus.

Ohio University Police Dept. officers
Ohio University Police Dept. officers push protesters toward the sidewalk and off of the road outside of Baker Center. Photo by Sarah Donaldson.

After she left campus, Bennett shared a video on Twitter depicting protesters throwing water on her truck.

I think @realDonaldTrump should strip funding from universities like this that harbor terrorists,” she wrote.

In recent years Bennett went from a viral open-carry activist to a nationally known conservative media figure famous for creating internet videos where she primarily prods college students about social and political issues.

She is also a contributor for Infowars, a highly controversial conservative media network known for promoting misinformation and conspiracy theories about events like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“Ohio University is committed to fostering an atmosphere that allows the free and peaceful exchange of diverse thoughts and ideas. The university urges its community to respect the rights guaranteed to all under the state and federal constitutions,” said Carly Leatherwood, an Ohio U spokesperson, in response to the afternoon’s events. 

Staff writer Nolan Cramer contributed to this report.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this report stated Bennett’s Jeep had “Nazi Germany iconography” on it. The iconography was an Iron Cross, which is commonly associated with Nazi Germany. But Iron Cross is also an automotive company.

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17 Comments

  1. edgar contreras

    February 17, 2020 at 11:42 PM

    didn’t she poop herself at a party

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    • J

      February 18, 2020 at 1:12 AM

      She just poops everytime she opens her mouth.

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    • Burz

      February 18, 2020 at 9:55 AM

      Yes she did, she violently shit her pants.

      Reply

  2. Trump2020

    February 18, 2020 at 2:13 AM

    The liberals on that campus act like apes and gorillas when somebody presents an opposing argument. Somebody get a cage for them!

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    • Donald Trump Junior

      February 18, 2020 at 10:20 AM

      Hey Trump2020, you should play a game of Russian Fun Good Times. Take a loaded gun, put it in your mouth, safety off, and pull the trigger as fast as you can! And don’t forget to film it!

      Reply

      • Pete Brown

        February 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM

        Donald trump jr, you are not anonymous. I have your IP and now your name and address where you live. Careful what you wish for.

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        • Truth

          February 18, 2020 at 9:49 PM

          There’s no proof. There’s a picture passed around but no way to identify it has her, and it’s said that picture has been on the internet since at least 2004. Besides, even if she did shit herself, is shouldn’t discredit her stand point, it’s not relevant.

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    • B

      February 18, 2020 at 12:28 PM

      How you feel about guns and such is irrelevant in this instance. This fucking pinecone showed up on that campus knowing full well that she would not be greeted with open arms. She turned up specifically to instigate and garner attention, which is a dick move and deserves to be met with hostility, regardless of the message you claim to be representing. Much like her buddy 45, attention is the only thing she’s good for.

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    • Ron Mexico

      February 18, 2020 at 1:14 PM

      I love how your argument against liberals is “they’re mean” when the Conservatives are literally openly racist, misogynistic, and homophobic. I guess feelings only matter if you’re a straight, white person, eh? Get your priorities in order.

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    • Alexander Klimek

      February 18, 2020 at 2:21 PM

      Just keep your guns at home or at the range. No need to walk around a campus with them. Besides,that isn’t freedom,that’s being an asshole!

      Reply

    • douglas blais

      February 18, 2020 at 2:22 PM

      ziohonky Florida man supporters are closet soros lovers and pedophiles

      Reply

    • Ivanka Trump

      February 18, 2020 at 3:17 PM

      Tell me exactly, then, WTF anyone would need to open carry an AR on a college campus. I own one and certainly don’t need to have it on display.

      Reply

  3. Bonaventura Durruti

    February 18, 2020 at 2:22 PM

    It’s funny how people think that free speech somehow includes being protected from the consequences of that speech.

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  4. Emma

    February 18, 2020 at 10:21 PM

    Journalists really need to stop referring to these scum as conservative activists. They are fascists, and not shy about it. “Conservative” works as a euphemism to obscure what they really stand for, which is white supremacy. They even post holocaust denial garbage on twitter for crying out loud. These people are nazis.

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  5. Bobby

    February 18, 2020 at 10:23 PM

    She isn’t a conservative, she’s a fascist. Please stop helping her grift the gullible.

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    • D.M.

      February 21, 2020 at 6:11 PM

      Wow, you dipshits don’t even know the meaning of “fascist”. It is the baby college students that are the fascist. You will all fail once you get out in the real world.

      Reply

  6. sam

    February 20, 2020 at 7:36 AM

    My daughter has been accepted at ou, is this the treatment she will get on campus if she expresses opinions different from the herd? Maybe she should go to college elsewhere.

    Reply

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