Cincinnati Enquirer reports this morning that Northern Kentucky University professor Sally Jacobsen and her band of cross-destroyers have been criminally charged:
A professor and six students at Northern Kentucky University were charged Wednesday with misdemeanors related to the April 12 destruction of an anti-abortion display on campus.
Sally Jacobsen of the literature and language department, has been charged with criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking and criminal solicitation. The third charge relates to evidence that she encouraged students to participate in the destruction, County Attorney Justin Verst said.
The six students, who range in age from 21 to 27, were charged with criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking.
The theft charge is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $500 fine.
The criminal mischief and solicitation charges are class B misdemeanors punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $250 fine.
Verst said additional students might be charged as their identities become known.
Four hundred crosses representing aborted fetuses were pulled from the ground and thrown in trash cans around campus.
A sign explaining the temporary display, which had been approved by university officials as an expression of free speech, was also removed.
Jacobsen told reporters that she had “invited” students in her graduate-level British literature course to exercise free-speech by destroying the display.
She said she was offended by the simulated cemetery, which she considered intimidating and harmful to women who might be considering abortions. NKU’s campus newspaper, the Northerner, published photos of Jacobsen dismantling part of the display.
Since the incident became public, NKU’s president has received hundreds of e-mails from throughout the country condemning the professor’s actions. She was placed on leave last week, and substitutes were assigned to her classes for the rest of the semester…
Good to see these destructive thugs being held accountable.
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