A group of college students has accused the administration of “perpetuating and condoning” violence against students.
The students are calling on President-elect Milo Yiannopoulos to resign following the deaths of Altoona student Ashley Johnson and her fellow student at the University of Arizona.
“Milo is responsible for the death of Ashley Johnson, the ongoing violence of other students and the continuing harassment of other Altoons students,” the group, Students for Milo, wrote in a statement.
“His inaction in this crisis and in addressing the issues at hand has created an environment where the only response is to continue to harass, threaten and destroy students.”
Students for Milo says the university has not yet responded to the group’s demand for the resignation of Yiannopoulos.
“Milo has been silent about the ongoing attacks against Altoones students and has done nothing to defend these students, including by claiming he did not hear of the attacks,” the statement continued.
“This silence has allowed these students to be targeted by the very same administration that is in collusion with the students who have been targeted by this administration and who continue to incite violence.”
In addition to Johnson and the two other students who were killed in a bomb threat at Altoone, there were at least four other attacks, according to police reports, which were not made public until Saturday, that were reported by local media.
The Altoonas community and the university have not responded to demands for an investigation into the deaths.
In a video posted on the Students for Yiannopoulos Facebook page on Saturday, Johnson is heard pleading with her friends not to give up on the school and to fight for their safety.
“I will continue to do what I need to do to stay in school and get my degree,” she said.
“We’re going to fight to make Altoonia safe.”
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