- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 7, 2016

Gay conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned from giving a second speech at DePaul University after officials determined his “inflammatory” rhetoric during his last appearance created a “hostile environment” on campus.

Mr. Yiannopoulos’ May 24 speech was shut down when student protesters stormed the stage and took over his microphone. A female student hit the Breitbart News senior editor in the face, and university security, paid for by the College Republicans, failed to restore order.

DePaul President Dennis Holtschneider later apologized to the College Republicans for the interruption, but he denounced Mr. Yiannopoulos as a “self-serving provocateur” who is “unworthy” of university discourse.

The DePaulia, the school’s student-run weekly newspaper, reported Thursday that the university has denied the College Republicans’ request for space for Mr. Yiannopoulos’ second visit.

Vice President of Student Affairs Eugene Zdziarski said in his email to College Republican leaders that “having consulted with Public Safety and having reviewed last Spring’s events, it is clear that it would not be possible for DePaul to provide the security that would be required for such an event,” The DePaulia reported.

Mr. Zdziarski said that after reviewing a full-length video of Mr. Yiannopoulos’ May speech, it is the opinion of the university that “Mr. Yiannopoulos’ words and behavior contained inflammatory-speech, contributed to a hostile environment and incited similar behavior from the crowd in attendance. In addition, he led an unapproved march through campus that created a potentially dangerous situation.”

He said the university would continue to work with student organizations to sponsor events and speakers representing a broad range of opinions, The DePaulia reported.

Mr. Yiannopoulos wrote on Twitter Thursday that the school’s College Republicans are contacting the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and retaining lawyers.

“Admins at @DePaulU failed to keep me safe and then blamed ME for the disruption at my lecture,” he wrote. “Now they have banned me from campus. Idiots.”

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