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Mizzou Protesters: Stay Out of Our ‘Safe Space’ or We’ll Call the Cops

Students turned their anger from the ousted president to the press, keeping anyone from talking to protesters.
COLUMBIA, Missouri — The reaction to the University of Missouri’s president resigning over racist incidents on campus was joyful at first but then turned tense.

Thousands of protesters gathered on the main quad and cheered when Tim Wolfe announced he was stepping down after protests by students who were angry over the school’s perceived lack of action over attacks on students in recent months, including the use of racial epithets and even a swastika made of feces.

“My motivation in making this decision comes from love,” Wolfe said to reporters and others on Monday following his announcement. “I love MU, Columbia where I grew up, the state of Missouri.”

The details of Wolfe’s resignation, such as any sort of severance package, were not immediately available.

The protest got underway when graduate student Jonathan Butler went on a hunger strike one week ago after Wolfe refused to engage with students upset over the incidents while he was sitting in the backseat of a car during a homecoming event. On Saturday, Butler was joined by the Mizzou football team, which said it would not participate in any activity until Butler resumed eating.

“Thank you Jesus for sparing his life!” cried one protester when Wolfe resigned and Butler’s hunger strike ended. Students began chanting slogans of solidarity before breaking out in several choruses of “We Shall Overcome.”

Then they turned their attention to the press, forming a human chain around the quad where protesters had been camping out for the past week.

“No comment!” they chanted as at least one held a sign saying, “No Media, Safe Space.”

The students pushed and shoved reporters and cameramen to prevent them from breaking through and interviewing protesters on the quad, including Butler.

“We calling the police because you aren’t respecting us,” shouted one protester at a member of the media, as the protesters linked arms and moved in a phalanx to push the press further back, all the way to the perimeter of the quad.


“This guy shouldn’t be here,” said another protester, later identified as Dr. Melissa Click, assistant professor in Mizzou’s Communications Department. She shuffled a member of the press outside the immense circle of linked arms. “And don’t let him back in!”

The protesters then began a brief chant of “No


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