Kansas college Republicans call for KU student president's removal after her 'death to America' tweets

Jason Tidd
Topeka Capital-Journal

Excerpt: The student body president at the University of Kansas has defended her tweets about "death to America" amid mounting criticism from political figures and the school chancellor. Student Body President Niya McAdoo gained national attention after retweeting a post last week that read, in part, "death to America." The Sept. 3 retweet came from the official @KUPresident handle, which has since had at least one more retweet and an original tweet mentioning "death to America."

In a statement, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said the post was "disappointing and concerning." However, "the opinions in the student's post are protected by the First Amendment." The university is committed to serving as a "marketplace of ideas," even if they are offensive to some people. Constitutional free speech protections similarly were cited a year ago when Kansas State University President Richard Myers resisted calls to expel a student over "racist messages on social media."