Pro-life students were the victims of more vandalism Monday at Miami University of Ohio.
A video caught the unnamed student in the act of destroying the pro-life display on Monday morning, fewer than 24 hours after pro-life students set it up, according to Students for Life of America. The video showed two students walking through the display and one of them kicking and pulling up several white crosses.
The cemetery of the innocents display included dozens of white crosses and a sign that said, “Each cross represents 10 babies that die by abortion each day.”
WHIO TV 7 reports university officials are investigating two students in connection with the vandalism. The school is located in Hamilton, Ohio.
“We were disappointed to learn that two of our students were reported to have damaged the approved display of one of our student organizations,” said Claire Wagner, a spokeswoman the university. “The incident has been referred to the university’s Office of Ethics and Conflict Resolution for investigating.”
Ellie Wittman, a former president of Miami University-Hamilton Students for Life, commented: “It’s discouraging to see students so upset at free-speech and pro-life views they feel the need to vandalize our display. However, we are encouraged by the university’s quick response to the incident and their support for our display.”
This is the third act of vandalism against a pro-life campus group this spring. Students for Life groups at University of Texas-San Antonio and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville also set up displays that were destroyed by vandals.
Also this spring in Canada, an abortion activist made a false claim to police about a pro-life advocate assaulting her.
Vandalism, violence and other threats against pro-life advocates have been growing, especially on college campuses.
In December, a 15-year-old girl was punched in the face and knocked to the ground by an abortion activist outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Roanoke, Virginia. The assault was captured on video.
In two separate incidents last year, men also allegedly threatened to kill pro-life advocates outside abortion facilities in California and Florida. Last February, violent threats against a California pro-life leader prompted him to cancel a pro-life rally, LifeNews reported.
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In the fall, vandals also destroyed pro-life student displays at Northern Kentucky University and St. Louis University. Campus Reform reported two other instances of vandalism in one week: one at the University of Florida and another at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
Students for Life documented more than 40 incidents of vandalism alone in the past five years against its pro-life students groups. An interactive map displays the places where its clubs have been victims of vandalism.
“Other incidences of violence against our group include: Administrators destroying chalkings at Kutztown University, vandals throwing paint on a display at Portland State University, and a display of graduation cords (to highlight ‘missing students’ who were killed by abortion) at University of Miami,” according to Students for Life.