A North Texas college student says police hid her in the closet during a heated activist rally

The organizer of a Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) meeting at the University of North Texas (UNT) says campus police escorted her to a caretaker’s closet for her own safety after activists closed the event with Texas House of Representatives candidate Jeff Younger , had disturbed.

Younger is the father of a 7-year-old child, born James but now named Luna, at the center of a 2019 custody battle that drew national attention after his mother encouraged the boy to medically morph into a girl. A Texas judge granted Younger’s ex-wife has full custody of the child and a sibling as of 2019.

“We actually had invited guests to all of our general biweekly meetings. We looked at local political candidates, we looked at local conservative YouTubers. … We just looked at anyone who was interesting and who was nearby,” Kelly Neidert, a 22-year-old senior at UNT and founder of the school’s registered YCT chapter, told Fox News Digital.

“We had heard from Jeff [Younger] before and found out that he’s actually running for a House District, so we just thought: He’s got this backstory. He is also running for election. So he seemed a good fit and he was ready to come in,” she continued.

But the March 2 event, which featured the conservative congressional candidate and critic of transgender ideology, descended into chaos when dozens of activists turned up at the event, scaring off other non-disruptive students, Neidert said, adding that about 70% of the 80 attendees — the maximum capacity — in the classroom there were protesters.

Videos posted to Neidert’s Twitter and TikTok accounts show protesters shouting, speaking through loudspeakers, drawing on a classroom whiteboard and taking other disruptive measures. In one video, Younger laughs as a protester shouts as he speaks.

About 40 minutes into the meeting, Neidert said things got so chaotic that campus police had to help her and another YCT member leave the room. As they exited the building, they found more protesters waiting outside, trying to follow Neidert and the other YCT member, the 22-year-old said.

Officers escorted Neidert to a janitor’s closet in another building before finally taking her outside and into a police vehicle.

Neidert said she had already coordinated with police before the event because she had received “death threats and threats of violence” at the school before the event.

In a March 3 statement, UNT President Neal Smatresk said campus police had stepped up security ahead of time for the event.[b]”Because the talks surrounding the student organization’s event, which focused on criminalizing healthcare for transgender children, were controversial,” he added that “a few hundred protesters” had gathered in front of the building where the meeting was taking place , as the event was limited to 80 participants.

He added that police “believe a small group of protesters unaffiliated with the university helped escalate the entire protest from a peaceful to an aggressive encounter.”

“A group of protesters surrounded the police vehicles containing both the student organizers and their guests and attempted to block their exit from the scene by hitting the vehicles and impeding their movement,” Smatresk said. “Officers turned on emergency lights and repeatedly sounded warning sirens as they moved forward, while other officers helped clear a path for the vehicles to exit safely.”

He continued, “We have always touted the importance of freedom of expression and have been proud of our students’ ability to stand up for themselves and participate in non-violent protests. The UNT Police have continually worked to create and maintain an environment where all students can express themselves safely, regardless of the subject.”

According to the school president, there were no injuries in the incident.

The meeting at the University of North Texas resulted in no injuries, according to school president Neal Smatresk.
The meeting at the University of North Texas resulted in no injuries, according to school president Neal Smatresk.

It’s not the first time activists have come to YCT events on campus and attempted to “knock down” speakers with noise, Neidert explained, but it is the first time she’s been escorted into a janitor’s chamber for her own safety .

“Something always goes wrong when protesters or people destroy our stuff,” she explained.

Neidert has been harassed since the event, “but nothing too serious”.

“People freaked me out and yelled naughty things more than usual, but I didn’t feel unsafe,” she said. “I have a group of friends from my Young Conservatives of Texas chapter who are helping me deal with this and they’ve walked around campus with me too, so I’m not alone. I’ve also had many YCT students reach out to me from other chapters across Texas, and it’s been very uplifting.” A North Texas college student says police hid her in the closet during a heated activist rally


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