After Threat, Feminist Cancels Utah State Speech

October 15, 2014

Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist writer, called off a speech at Utah State University after the institution received threats that a deadly shooting would take place if she appeared. A statement from the university said: "Anita Sarkeesian has canceled her scheduled speech for tomorrow following a discussion with Utah State University police regarding an email threat that was sent to Utah State University. During the discussion, Sarkeesian asked if weapons will be permitted at the speaking venue. Sarkeesian was informed that, in accordance with the State of Utah law regarding the carrying of firearms, if a person has a valid concealed firearm permit and is carrying a weapon, they are permitted to have it at the venue."

On Twitter, Sarkeesian wrote: "Forced to cancel my talk at USU after receiving death threats because police wouldn't take steps to prevent concealed firearms at the event."


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