The Latest: University again rejects white nationalist visit
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on a dispute over whether a white nationalist will be allowed to speak at an Ohio university (all times local):
An Ohio university has reiterated it cannot accommodate a request to allow a white nationalist to speak in early May as part of his campus tour.
Kent State University says it has responded to attorney Kyle Bristow reaffirming its earlier response that no suitable space is available for white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak between April 30 and May 12.
Bristow had told Kent State it had until the end of business Friday to agree to rent space at an “acceptable date and time” or face a lawsuit. Several other schools are in litigation over Spencer.
Tour organizer Cameron Padgett wanted Spencer to speak at Kent State on the May 4 anniversary of Ohio National Guard shootings that killed four students during anti-war protests in 1970. The university says early May is too busy with activities around the end of the academic year.
An Ohio college faces a deadline in a threatened lawsuit that would make it the latest university sued over white nationalist Richard Spencer’s campus tour.
Attorney Kyle Bristow had told Kent State University it has until the end of business Friday to agree to rent space at an “acceptable date and time.”
Tour organizer Cameron Padgett wanted Spencer to speak at Kent on the May 4 anniversary of Ohio National Guard shootings that killed four students in 1970. The university said it couldn’t accept the request because early May was too busy with the end of the academic year.
A university spokesman says the school has nothing to add to that statement.
Several other schools including Ohio State University and Cincinnati are in litigation over Spencer.