In late March, a student from Park City High School in Park City, Utah attacked a TPUSA meeting by releasing bear spray inside the school’s lecture hall. This resulted in nearly twenty students and faculty members receiving medical attention and one student hospitalized.
According to the Park Record, the Summit County Attorney’s Office filed 18 criminal charges against the 17-year-old high school student who was affiliated with the attack.
The student’s motives for the attack have not been confirmed; however, many students have told Breitbart News they believe the incident to be politically motivated.
The suspect is known as a “socialist” on campus, and the lecture hall was reserved for a Turning Point USA meeting – an organization in direct opposition to socialist ideas.
The TPUSA event entitled, “How to Bridge the Divide with Will Witt from PragerU” was relocated to Ecker Hill Middle School after the bear spray attack.
The initial report by the school district identified the chemical released as pepper spray; however, it was later released that the attacker used bear spray.
The student admitted to committing this terrible attack after the school evacuated and emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
According to KPCW, the student is now facing one allegation of criminal mischief, which is a second-degree felony, as well as 16 counts of class B misdemeanor counts of assault with a substantial risk of bodily injury, and one class B misdemeanor count of disrupting a meeting.
Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA founder and president, spoke to Breitbart News after reports of the attack went public:
“Our students at Turning Point USA are constantly under attack from the left.”
“It is harder than ever to be a conservative. Our students are being firebombed, punched in the face, pepper-sprayed — we will not back down or give an inch to the radical left,” Kirk continued.
The suspect’s name has not been released, as the student is a minor. According to KPCW, the charges are filed with the Summit County Third District Juvenile Court.