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Published On: Thu, Jan 26th, 2017

West Virginia University: Left Alliance member Kelley Denham attacks conservative on video

A member of the West Virginia University Left Alliance physically attacked a member of the campus Turning Point USA chapter who was recording him after the meeting had ended with incredible disagreement.

A source tells The College Fix that the man is Kelley Denham, who is also president of the WVU Gender Equality Movement, a student group. Check out the clip.

Kaitlynn Critchfield told The Fix that Denham threw her against the wall and tried to take her phone before he was recorded attacking the other member who was filming. She said she alerted the campus police after the incident.

Critchfield said she had started recording the meeting after Denham told the TPUSA members to “get the f*** out,” because she feared for their safety.

photo Josh Janssen via Flickr

“F**k you, you f***ng conservative piece of…” Denham says. “Give me your f***ing phone.”

She posted both videos on her Facebook page Wednesday night, and TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk tweeted the second video.

Critchfield wrote on Facebook, that Denham chased after them, accusing them of filming him without his permission.

West Virginia is a one-party recording state, meaning that a recording is legal “when the person recording is a party to the communication.”

The source who identified the aggressor as Denham told The Fix that Denham had recently left another progressive group on campus, the Appalachian Workers Alliance, because it wasn’t revolutionary enough for him.

“I’m honestly surprised it took him this long to do this,” the source said, fearing that attitudes like Denham’s were “alienating the sane people from the [progressive] movement. There is a real problem with the fetishization of violence in the rad left moment at large, which needs to be solved.”

Below is the school’s statement.

West Virginia University is aware of a video being widely distributed on social media and some news outlets of an altercation between two students with differing political points of view. University Police has investigated and neither party involved wishes to press charges. The report will be sent to Student Conduct, who will now investigate and take appropriate action.

West Virginia University continues to stand behind the right of its students, faculty and staff to express their ideas and points of view, but also remains adamant that it be done in a peaceful, civil and respectful manner.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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