- Landslide hits Indian village, 150 may be trapped
- Albania bank loses $7M in theft; police arrest 2
- Gov. Mike Pence irked as Obama sends illegals to Indiana on sly
- Israel, White House say Obama phone call to demand cease-fire was fake
- Nancy Pelosi: Deporting kids un-Christian, sends them ‘into a burning building’
- Islamist militants seize special forces base in Benghazi, Libya
- Feds sue Pennsylvania State Police over women’s fitness tests
- Israel accused of striking U.N. school, killing at least 15
- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Mississippi abortion law can’t be enforced
School to probe Tancredo protest
Question of the Day
DENVER | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched an investigation into a raucous student protest that prevented former Colorado Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo from delivering a speech Tuesday night on campus.
University Chancellor Holden Thorp said the internal investigation by the school's Department of Public Safety could result in criminal charges and that students could face Honor Court proceedings.
Mr. Tancredo, an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, was shouted down almost immediately after entering the Bingham Hall auditorium. Chanting protesters unfurled a banner in front of him reading, "No Dialogue With Hate," briefly blocking the politician from the audience's view.
Mr. Tancredo was able to speak for a few minutes, but then a demonstrator outside the room shattered a window, spraying glass toward the audience. Mr. Tancredo eventually was unable to continue.
Police later used pepper spray and a Taser to break up crowds outside the auditorium.
Both Mr. Thorp and UNC System President Erskine Bowles apologized to Mr. Tancredo.
"We expect protests about controversial subjects at Carolina. That's part of our culture," said Mr. Thorp. "But we also pride ourselves on being a place where all points of view can be expressed and heard. ... That didn't happen last night."
Mr. Tancredo said in a telephone interview with The Washington Times that he appreciated the call from the chancellor and president. "They were both very apologetic, very effusive, and I was happy to take their call," he said.
At the same time, Mr. Tancredo said he told them that students weren't the only ones involved in the melee and that professors in the room were "egging them on."
Meanwhile, the UNC chapter of Students for a Democratic Society released a statement saying campus police had overreacted.
Mr. Tancredo, a former Republican candidate for president, said he would welcome another opportunity to speak on campus, but only if invited by university officials. He said Youth for Western Civilization, the UNC student group that had invited him, paid $3,000 for his appearance.
"I'm going to go back only if the institution pays for it and guarantees that we will have a peaceful speech," said Mr. Tancredo. "I'm not going to charge these students again. This shouldn't be on their dime."
About the Author
Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- EPA hears testimony on proposed carbon emissions rules
- Westerners call for oversight to combat federal land managers
- Protesters rally in Colorado to support Israel's fight with Hamas
- Plagiarism scandal threatens Senate campaign of Montana Democrat John Walsh
- Conservative groups decry Democrats' 'war on women' tactic
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
- Patent workers paid to exercise, shop, do chores: report
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- CARSON: Rudderless U.S. foreign policy
- Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for impersonators
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- Obama mum on where illegal immigrant children are sheltered
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo
- Government OKs Arab-owned company Gulftainer to operate U.S. cargo port
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world