New developments have shed more light on the events surrounding the vandalism of the memorial for the unborn. Wednesday night, The Horn obtained the tweets of a first-year environmental science major, who we will not name for now, claiming to have defaced the memorial. The timestamp, 1:50 a.m. Wednesday morning indicates that the monument was defaced within a half-hour of completion. YCT confirmed to The Horn that UTPD is being made aware of the incident.
“It is a sad day for the state of higher education when liberal students feel they are free to vandalize the peaceful demonstrations of conservative students. This behavior is abhorrent and should be unthinkable.” Said Ariana Silva, the vice chairwoman of the UT YCT chapter.
The controversy has gained national traction, with The Daily Wire and Texas Scorecard, national right-leaning newspapers, picking up the story and citing the investigative journalism done by The Horn.
Additionally, the controversy made its way to Reddit, specifically the r/UTAustin subreddit, where UT students debated the ethics of defacing the memorial in particular and of pro-life signs in general. Many users expressed support for the vandalism, repeating the phrase “UT Take A Flag.”
In a press release regarding the vandalism, YCT stated that “all these leftists proved is that abortion kills more than a clump of cells. They know deep down that it is a human life being killed on the altar of convenience in our throwaway culture, so when the memorial made them face the harsh reality of how many are killed each year due to abortion, they decided to take it down and push our message out of sight.”
Charles Jackson Paul is the Editor-Emeritus of The Texas Horn. He is a fourth-year student in the McCombs School of Business studying finance and minoring in business analytics. He is also pursuing a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas as a member of the Jefferson Scholars Program. Jackson has a passion for writing and hopes that his work as both a writer and an editor can encourage dialogue about complex issues. Outside of his classes and writing, Jackson enjoys reading, hiking, ballroom dancing, and spending time with friends.