Conservative Students Catch Vandals in the Act
Conservative students set up a hidden camera to see who was vandalizing their posters, and the vandals look... exactly how you would expect them to look pic.twitter.com/nsHAkVdDjg— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) March 19, 2019
The University of Minnesota-Morris' College Republicans were dismayed to find their campus flyers repeatedly vandalized, so they decided to take action. (Campus Reform)
A security camera responsible for preventing vandalism of student fliers placed on a tack board designed to platform free speech has been inoperable for over a year, UMM College Republicans president Tayler Lehmann told Campus Reform.
"I talked to campus police here at Morris and asked if it was okay to put up a secret camera," the chapter president said. "They said there was nothing wrong with it so we put one up." Campus Reform could not confirm that police approved the student group installing its own camera.
Students and even student workers on the job have taken to stealing and vandalizing College Republican flyers and poster displays which support pro-life values and civil dialogue.
To combat this, UMM College Republicans installed a hidden security camera of their own, capturing dozens of video clips of the vandalism. In some cases, students or groups of students congregate around the College Republican paraphernalia and appear to discuss before defacing them with paint, altering the messages with Sharpie, or stealing them altogether.
Lehmann told Campus Reform the College Republicans are now taking the students in question to court over charges of destruction of property.