Members of the Turning Point USA chapter at Cleveland State University (CSU) had their 9/11 memorial chalkings pressure washed this morning. The decision was made by the university’s Director of Maintenance, Shehadeh Abdelkarim.
“Last night, the CSU TPUSA chapter members gathered outside the student center to chalk the public sidewalks in tribute to the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001” said Tiffany Roberts, CSU’s TPUSA Chapter President, “This morning at approximately 7:45 AM, a CSU employee arrived with a power-washer to erase our memorial.”
Roberts confronted the CSU employee and asked why he was pressure-washing the chapter’s 9/11 memorial. That’s when she was informed that the Director of Maintenance, Abdelkarim, had ordered its removal.
It is not uncommon for university sidewalks to be chalked by students as an expression of free speech, especially at public universities. The university’s own handbook also does not require permission for sidewalk chalkings, according to Roberts.
The 9/11 memorial was completely erased early this morning, approximately one hour before the first plane struck the World Trade Center’s North Tower sixteen years ago today. Below are images of the chalkings that Abdelkarim had called for immediate removal.
This is yet another incident reported by Turning Point News of the attempts at censorship that students are facing at universities today.