UCF student activists demand action after altercation with gun-rights activist Kaitlin Bennett

Freshman Krunali Brahmbhatt (left) holds a "Black Lives Matter" banner in front of UCF President Alexander Cartwright during Kaitlin Bennett's visit to campus on Thursday. A group of student activists, including Brahmbhatt later released a statement urging UCF to address why UCFPD allowed Bennett on campus without a face covering.

After an altercation between students and internet gun-rights personality Kaitlin Bennett, a group of student activists released a statement demanding UCF take action in ways that will protect its students.

On Thursday, Bennett arrived on campus without a face covering and interacted with students. Video footage circulated on social media shows students yelling at Bennett to wear a face covering, according to NSM Today.

Freshman, March For Our Lives activist Krunali Brahmbhat released a statement Thursday evening, urging UCF to address why UCFPD allowed Bennett on campus without a face covering, given the current face mask policy the university has. 

"Kaitlin Bennett put UCF students at risk by intentionally breaking on-campus COVID-19 Guidelines and refusing to wear a mask," Brahmbhat said.  

Student Activist statement

Freshman Krunali Brahmbhatt posted a statement on Twitter demanding UCF take responsibility for the incidents that occurred Thursday when gun-rights activist Kaitlin Bennett came on campus. 

Director of Outreach of College Democrats, Matthew Lago, said College Democrats at UCF demand accountability from UCF and UCFPD.

"We understand that officers simply can not escort anyone off campus, as she has a right to free speech," Lagos said. "That doesn’t excuse the allowing of violence to occur against our students and the decision to not enforce COVID mask guidelines despite numerous accounts and videos of her breaking them."

Bennett said her visit to UCF was already planned and that she was told she did not need to wear a face covering. 

Junior political science major, Rayanne Anid, said the actions by UCF, UCF Police Department, and UCF Student Government was unacceptable. 

"Our university has gone out of their way to protect known white supremacists and yesterday was no different," Anid said. "President Cartwright assured us that there was no knowledge of Bennett coming to campus prior, but she stated the UCFPD were made aware the day before."

UCF Media Relations coordinator Rachel Williams said no arrest was made on Thursday but UCFPD did take several reports for battery.

"We are reviewing those statements, along with video, and it’s an active investigation." Williams said. 

Anid said she and other activists will be providing President Cartwright with a list of demands to "ensure the future safety of our campus." 

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