A University of Buffalo (SUNY) professor was arrested for screaming obscenities at an administration approved graphic pro-life display. While cursing profusely, she accused the pro-lifers of being “profane.”
The video below shows the arrest along with the professor cursing and finally yelling out to surrounding students to tell her 1 p.m. class that she wouldn’t be able to teach that day because she was being taken away in handcuffs.
I contacted the media relations department at UB and they confirmed the arrest. John DellaContrada, Assistant Vice President for Media Relations at UB, told CMR that:
Laura Curry was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. She is an adjunct instructor of media study. She is entitled to due process under the law.
This was a display by a student club, the UB Students for Life. Student organizations are allowed to reserve space on campus for purposes of free expression.
The University at Buffalo strives to create an environment in which diverse opinions can be expressed and heard. As a public university, it is a fundamental value of UB that all members of the campus community and their invited guests have a right to peacefully express their views and opinions, regardless of whether others may disagree with those expressions. This includes the right of protesters to oppose the views or opinions of others, but not in such a way as to limit or prevent the speaker’s freedom of expression or interfere with university operations.
I asked whether there would be any ramifications over the incident but I didn’t receive an answer on that.
Mind you, Professor Curry curses an awful lot while accusing the pro-life display of being profane. (The student who made the original video pulled it but someone else cleverly captured it so here it is):
This is not the first battle over abortion on the SUNY Buffalo campus. In 2011, a pro-life display was reportedly vandalized. In a separate incident, pro-lifers were reportedly pelted with feces by people enraged by the pro-life message.