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Board of Regents Back Texas A&M’s Event Cancellation

The event’s potential to stimulate violence is what led to the regents ruling.


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Charles Schwartz is the Board of Regents chairman at A&M.

He agrees with the university administration's decision to call off the rally, citing the brutality in Charlottesville.

"The recent violence in Charlottesville shows that events can be calculated to cause violence, not peaceful protest," he says.

The university cancelled the event after the rally organizer drew comparisons to Charlottesville and the university received violent threats.

Schwartz says that was the right decision.

"The likelihood of violence at the proposed event and the safety of our students could not be insured," he says.

Preston Wiginton, the rally organizer, wrote to the board of regents saying "…there has never been any violence at my events. I do not bring violence but only a message albeit controversial."

Wiginton has filed a complaint with the ACLU concerning the 1st amendment and is asking Texas A&M to reconsider.

There's also a lawsuit pending against the school.The regents didn't public comment on that.