PHOENIX – Kyle Rittenhouse is not currently a student at Arizona State University, the university confirmed on Monday.
The 18-year-old, who was recently acquitted by a Wisconsin jury of all charges for shooting and killing two men and injuring a third in the aftermath of the Kenosha protests, was taking online classes at ASU, said he declared during his testimony. .
In recent media interviews, he said he wanted to study on the ASU campus.
After Rittenhouse testified on November 10 that he was a student at ASU, the university confirmed that he had registered as a non-graduate online student for the session that had started in mid-October, although he did not go. through the admissions process and was not enrolled in nursing school. But according to the university, he is no longer a student.
“Our records show he is not currently listed,” wrote ASU spokesman Jay Thorne in an email. “No action has been taken by the university. “
Thorne would not provide more information on whether Rittenhouse has withdrawn from classes or why his enrollment status has changed.
In recent days, groups of ASU students and others have demonstrated online demanding the university withdraw Rittenhouse from classes.
Four left-wing student organizations were due to hold a rally and protest on the Tempe campus on Wednesday to support his removal from campus – even though he was an online student – and urge ASU to respond to other demands, including by making a statement against white supremacy and further supporting multicultural spaces on campus. There is also an online petition saying the ASU should not let Rittenhouse attend, which had more than 6,000 signatures as of Monday night.
Thorne declined to comment on the planned rally or the online petition.
Rittenhouse can still join ASU
While it is not clear to the university why Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled, it appears he may still apply for courses or a degree in the future.
“Anyone who is qualified can apply for admission,” Thorne wrote in an email.
The same would have been true with a guilty verdict. The ASU does not ask questions about criminal history in the admissions process or for online registration, so even if Rittenhouse were jailed, he could continue as an ASU online student, said Thorne previously.
Rittenhouse said in two in-depth interviews last week that he plans to continue studying at ASU.
He told Ashleigh Banfield in an interview on NewsNation that he took a “compassionate withdrawal” from two courses “because I was overwhelmed by the upcoming trial”, but that he planned to return to school .
“The next semester that opens, I will be re-enrolling in these courses just so I can finish them and continue my nursing career,” he said, adding that even though he was taking online courses, he hope I can be on campus.
And Rittenhouse told Tucker Carlson on Fox News that there was still things to look into, “but I plan to go to campus,” with the intention of studying nursing, or maybe -be right, at ASU.
“I hope that I can live a calm and stress free life, be free from any bullying or harassment and continue my life as a normal 18 year old attending university,” he said.
“I hope people will go back and get the facts and be like, watch the trial, watch the prosecutor’s misconduct that I think happened, and realize I was an innocent 17 year old who was fiercely attacked and who defended himself, “Rittenhouse told Carlson.
Planned rally fuels debate
The student rally scheduled for Wednesday sparked an online debate over whether student groups were right or wrong in calling for Rittenhouse’s removal from ASU.
A Twitter post announcing the anti-Rittenhouse rally on the Students for Socialism ASU Twitter page, said Rittenhouse got “a not guilty verdict from a flawed” justice system, “but said he was still guilty of the victims and their families .
The groups listed on the leaflet are Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition and MECHA from ASU.
Students for Socialism said the Twitter On Monday, after the news that Rittenhouse was no longer registered, Wednesday’s rally will still be held for the other demands.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon – himself a former ASU lobbyist – urged ASU to investigate the student harassment against Rittenhouse.
“It is utterly scandalous that left-wing student groups are allowed to engage in a dangerous and continuing campaign of harassment against Kyle Rittenhouse, another ASU online student, as the bureaucrats of the university remain seated on their hands, ”he said in a statement Monday.
“It’s time for the far left to respect our justice system, and it’s time for ASU administrators to stand up for the rule of law and protect their students from these thugs.”
Thorne, the spokesperson for ASU, would not say if the administrators intend to meet or engage with the student groups who are mobilizing for the eviction of Rittenhouse.
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