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IU Student Arrested After Protests At Sexual By Design Event

Last updated on Monday, April 16, 2012

(BLOOMINGTON) - A student was arrested Friday after being removed by IU Police from the ClearNote Campus Fellowship sponsored Sexual by Design lecture in Ballantine Hall.

The student had shouted statements while evangelical pastor Doug Wilson was speaking. When asked to stop, the student was noncompliant and the emcee of the event requested the student be removed by officers.

Once outside, the student continued to scream and protest. The student was taken to Monroe County Correctional Facility.

Later in the evening, around 10 p.m., about 50 protesters marched down College Ave. to the Monroe County Correctional Facility carrying a banner that read, "The queer shall inherit the earth" and chanting, "One of our comrades is under attack! They bash us, we bash back!"

Protester Jasmine Kelley, a junior member of IU's Feminist Action Coalition, said the group gathered to show solidarity with the student who was detained after shouting comments during the lecture.

Kelley said the protest was not directly affiliated with the Feminist Action Coalition. Instead, she said, after the incident occurred, a group formed to march to the jail.

Monroe County Deputy Sergeant Todd Cohee could not be reached for comment.

The protesters arrived at the jail's entrance shortly after 10 p.m., shouting, "We love you, we support you. You are not alone," toward windows above the entrance.

After a few minutes of shouting, a knock on the window could be heard, and protesters cheered.

Protesters moved to the intersection of College Ave. and Seventh Street when Monroe County Sheriffs' vehicles parked near the jail's entrance. Shouting and chanting began to subside around 10:45 p.m.

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