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A University of Buffalo student said she was ‘hunted down’ by a woke mob screaming ‘no justice, no peace,’ after she invited prominent black Republican Lt. Col. Allen West to speak on how he overcame racism. 

Therese Purcell, president of the Young Americans for Freedom, a campus club that organized the event, said she and her fellow members only wanted to bring these open dialogues of racism to campus. 

But protests erupted at the event, leading to an angry mob that chased Purcell, leaving her afraid of what would have happened if she wasn’t able to hide from them.

She shared terrifying footage of the incident online, and says it left her fearing for her life, Fox & Friends First reported. 

‘I realized I was the target for these protesters, and about 200 of my fellow students started hunting me down on campus, started chasing me,’ she said.    

Purcell said she heard the angry crown screaming, ‘go her her, go get her, go capture her, the girl in the red dress.’ 

Therese Purcell, president of the Young Americans for Freedom, a campus club that organized the event at the University of Buffalo student said she was'hunted down' by a woke mob screaming'no justice, no peace'

Therese Purcell, president of the Young Americans for Freedom, a campus club that organized the event at the University of Buffalo student said she was ‘hunted down’ by a woke mob screaming ‘no justice, no peace’

Protests erupted at an event on the University of Buffalo Thursday featuring black Republican Lt. Col. Allen West, who spoke on how he overcame racism. But the event was cut short after an angry mob yelled ay West and chased students

Protests erupted at an event on the University of Buffalo Thursday featuring black Republican Lt. Col. Allen West, who spoke on how he overcame racism. But the event was cut short after an angry mob yelled ay West and chased students 

Students inside the building began protesting and yelling during the Q&A session

Purcell said the threats escalated as protesters began screaming'no peace,' and'banging on the walls,' which prompted police to escort West out of the building

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the campus event featuring Lt. Col. Allen West called America Is Not Racist—Why American Values are Exceptional

Purcell barely escaped the mob as she was pulled into the bathroom by a friend, where they called 911.   

But Purcell added that even inside the bathroom, she heard the mob yelling that the need to ‘find her.’

‘I’m very afraid of what would have happened if I hadn’t been able to avoid them,’ she said.    

‘I don’t think they were going to do anything remotely peaceful,’ Purcell told Fox & Friends Monday. ‘They were a very angry mob, and they were clearly saying that they were trying to chase me, that they wanted to capture me.’ 

Purcell spoke out Monday about the terrifying moment she says she was ‘hunted down’ which made her afraid for her life. 

Tensions rose during the Q&A session just following a speech made by Lt. Col. Allen West at Thursday night’s event called, America Is Not Racist—Why American Values are Exceptional. 

West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, and former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, was escorted out of the event surrounded by police

West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, and former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, was escorted out of the event surrounded by police

Purcell said students inside the building began protesting and yelling – along with hundreds of others who had gathered outside the event. 

 ‘While they were screaming that we were trying to silence black voices, we were actually trying to bring this conversation to campus,’ Purcell said. ‘But instead of asking questions, they resorted to violence.’

Purcell said the threats escalated as protesters began screaming ‘no peace,’ and ‘banging on the walls,’ which prompted police to escort West out of the building.  

West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, and former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, was escorted out of the event surrounded by police – but was met with even more protesters. 

Purcell, who was with West, said there were hundreds of protesters screaming at them and she quickly became separated when the mob got in between her and the police who were protecting West.  

She said that’s when she decided to turn around and walk peacefully back to her car. But the mob began to target her, urging one another to ‘capture’ her. 

 

Purcell said the mob moved on to hunt down other members of the club and claims they physically assaulted one of the board members by kicking and punching him. 

‘I didn’t think it was going to be as controversial… to say on an American campus that American values are a good thing,’ Purcell said. 

‘American values are worth protecting. I don’t think they like Colonel West’s message that he did experience racism… but he overcame that, and he decided not to be a victim… and that America gave him that equality of opportunity that many other countries don’t.’

‘I think these people like to see themselves as the victim, and his message fundamentally challenged that,’ she continued.

The University at Buffalo Police Department told 7News that it is investigating reports of harassment filed following the campus event. 

University at Buffalo released this statement on the incident 

The University at Buffalo is deeply committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all people, and a place where freedom of expression occurs without threats and in a respectful and civil manner.

The university is conducting a thorough review of events and activities leading up to, during and after an appearance by former congressman and retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West, including the posting of anonymous social media messages threatening students protesting West’s speech and harassment of students after the speech.

‘These events do not define who we as a university are, nor do they define who we aspire to be,’ said Barbara Ricotta, UB’s dean of students. ‘As a university community, we will continue to strive to be a place where all students can express themselves, be heard and live their lives in a welcoming and safe environment that values diversity and inclusion.’

As a public university, all members of the UB community and invited guests have a right to peacefully express their views and opinions, regardless of whether others may disagree. 

This includes the right of individuals to oppose the views or opinions of others – including peaceful protests – but not in such a way as to limit or prevent the speaker’s freedom of expression or interfere with university operations.

West was invited to campus by the UB student chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom. Student government-sponsored clubs are permitted to invite speakers to campus, provided they abide by university guidelines and state laws concerning public events on campus.

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