Leftwing Student Opposition to TPUSA Informational Meeting Turns Violent at Missouri High School – Opinion

Most readers will be familiar with Turning Point USA (TPUSA), the 501(c)(3) organization “whose mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote freedom. Charlie Kirk started the organization in 2012 and there are currently over 3000 chapters across the country.

On Tuesday, students at Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri (a suburb southeast of Kansas City) attempted to hold their first TPUSA meeting at the school. The reaction from students opposed to the group was, sadly, what we’ve come to expect from leftist activists — jeers, intimidation, and destruction.


TPUSA students held their first informational meeting at Lee’s Summit West High School, where left wing students became so disorderly that the administration was pressured into shutting down the event. One student threw TPUSA material on the ground and flipped the TPUSA tables over. On video, you can see the administrators trying to recall this student in order to take appropriate disciplinary action. The principal Dr. Hertzog did not respond to the parents’ email acknowledging the violence.

The incident was captured on video.

After the incident junior Kali M. wrote this:

“I feel saddened by the state of some of our student body, that we can’t have different opinions without resorting to name calling, bullying, the destruction of school property, and violence. Some students claim that we are all of these hateful things but the actions today show the truth, that it’s not our group that does anything hateful at all, but we are subjected to it all the time. It is my hope that everyone can get together, have good discussions, and still be friends even though we may come away with differing opinions. ”

A principal emailed parents following the incident referring to the protest but not the violence.

Dr. Hertzog, principal at Lee’s Summit West, characterized the events by stating that “students only met in protest during Titan Time and then they returned to class.” Dr. Hertzog mentions that students “attended the meeting to voice their concerns.”

Regarding the violent incident, Dr. Hertzog said in his statement that “the school processed a disciplinary issue,” though he failed to mention any specifics for concerned parents including that it was the left wing group that committed the violent act, nor did he specify what exactly the “discipline” of the guilty student would entail.


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