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AG Morrisey Issues Guidance to W.Va. Universities in Light of Anti-Israel Protests

May 13th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Wednesday sent detailed guidance to the state’s college and university presidents on how to deal with anti-Israel protests/encampments should those demonstrations make their way to West Virginia campuses. For weeks now, protests and encampments have swept college campuses nationwide, with more than 2,500 people arrested. Many of the protesters have been known to be unaffiliated with the schools—some are even connected to terrorist groups.

Attorney General Morrisey pointed out the principles of the First Amendment don’t shield “the kinds of behavior we’ve recently seen,” urging the presidents to enforce their existing codes of conduct, among other actions. “Students should be finishing their studies for the year, celebrating graduations, and saying goodbye to friends; they should not be dealing with malcontents who aim to destroy our campus communities in these waning days,” the Attorney General wrote. “We need not stand idly by while those who want to sow discord and hate cloak themselves in a warped view of the First Amendment.”