Leftwing Student Opposition to TPUSA Informational Meeting Turns Violent at Missouri High School

Leftwing Student Opposition to TPUSA Informational Meeting Turns Violent at Missouri High School
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Most readers will be familiar with Turning Point USA (TPUSA), the 501(c)(3) organization “whose mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote freedom.” The group was founded in 2012 by Charlie Kirk and has chapters at over 3,000 high school and college campuses across the country.

On Tuesday, students at Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri (a suburb southeast of Kansas City) attempted to hold their first TPUSA meeting at the school. The reaction from students opposed to the group was, sadly, what we’ve come to expect from leftist activists — jeers, intimidation, and destruction.


TPUSA students held their first informational meeting at Lee’s Summit West High School, where left wing students became so disorderly that the administration was pressured into shutting down the event. However, this did not prevent one student from overturning the TPUSA table, shattering the glass and sending TPUSA material across the floor. The administration can be seen in a video trying to recall the student for disciplinary action. Dr. Hertzog, the principal, did not acknowledge the violence in an email to parents.

Video of the incident captured the chaos.

Following the incident, junior Kali M. had this to say:

“I feel saddened by the state of some of our student body, that we can’t have different opinions without resorting to name calling, bullying, the destruction of school property, and violence. Some students claim that we are all of these hateful things but the actions today show the truth, that it’s not our group that does anything hateful at all, but we are subjected to it all the time. My hope is that we can all come together, have great discussions and leave still as friends, even if we still leave with different opinions. ”

An e-mail sent to parents by the principal following the incident referenced the protest but made no mention of the violence.

Dr. Hertzog, principal at Lee’s Summit West, characterized the events by stating that “students only met in protest during Titan Time and then they returned to class.” Dr. Hertzog mentions that students “attended the meeting to voice their concerns.”

Regarding the violent incident, Dr. Hertzog said in his statement that “the school processed a disciplinary issue,” though he failed to mention any specifics for concerned parents including that it was the left wing group that committed the violent act, nor did he specify what exactly the “discipline” of the guilty student would entail.


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