On April 29 the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) held an event which was disrupted by an unknown person who set off a smoke bomb outside of the lecture hall and forced an evacuation of the building after someone pulled the fire alarm. This event featured Ryan Bomberger, founder of the Radiance Foundation and pro-life “factivist”, who was to discuss the sanctity of life. No one was hurt and the lecture was able to continue after being moved to another space.
The incoming vice-chair for Young Conservatives of Texas at UT, Jordan Clements, said this wasn’t the first time they brought Bomberger to campus and that there were no protesters at the event. “Some of the flyers for this event, which had a pic of Bomberger with the text ‘Should Have Been Aborted’ and event details were missing,” Clements said.
UT-YCT students claimed they weren’t at all surprised by the smoke bomb. “While this particular incident had never occurred before, I knew of similar instances occurring at other universities,” Clements said. “This coward did this because he can’t handle the truth.”
“They know that they can’t win on facts so they use intimidation instead,” Clements said.
Homer Trevino, another UT-YCT student who attended the event, had a similar reaction to the smoke bomb.
“I thought it was just another stunt pulled by the left to try to silence speech they do not agree with… Luckily nobody got hurt,” Trevino said. “But what if they had? What if they had done something more extreme?”
In an email sent out by the school, UT labeled the incident “criminal mischief” and gave a brief summary of what happened. “How is endangering people’s lives mischief?” Trevino said.
“I can’t help but feel the administration would only give the perpetrator a slap on the wrist and give them a warning, as opposed to a whole lot of trouble, had they disrupted a leftist event,” Clements said.
A criminal investigation is currently underway and the school and police recommend that anyone with information that can help the investigation please step forward. This story may be updated as new information becomes available.
Images courtesy of Young Conservatives of Texas at University of Texas.