What Really Happened at Ohio University When Kaitlin Bennett Showed Up? - 2020-02-18
On Monday afternoon, Ohio University first-year Anya Bartek was in class when she found out that Kaitlin Bennett — a right-wing personality known as Kent State Gun Girl for posing with an AR-10 rifle at graduation — was set to appear at her school to ask students questions about Presidents' Day. Her boyfriend sent her a photo of a large crowd of protesters surrounding Bennett. "It was obviously a spectacle," she tells Rolling Stone.
Bartek had heard of Bennett from her confrontational YouTube videos, which feature Bennett aggressively questioning students about such right-wing pet causes as whether it is appropriate for tampons to be featured in men's bathrooms. She also knew of Bennett from the completely unsubstantiated yet pervasive rumor that she "had pooped herself at a frat party" at Kent State. In that vein, when Bartek joined the crowd of protesters, she saw students chanting "go home" and "shit your pants." "That's when people started throwing toilet paper," she says.
The protests Bartek describes are visible in a series of now-viral videos of hundreds of Ohio University students protesting Bennett, who took to Twitter on late Monday afternoon to accuse the students of bullying and abusing her at the protests. "This is what happens when a Trump supporter goes to a college campus," she tweeted accompanied by a clip showing protesters dousing her van with bottled water, accusing "leftists" at Ohio University of starting a "riot" when she and her entourage showed up to interview students. "I think @realDonaldTrump should strip funding from universities like this," she said in the tweet.