3 Arrested in Dorm Fire Incident at Tulane

March 25, 2019

Tulane University on Sunday announced the arrests of three people -- two of them Tulane students -- for allegedly setting fire to a sign on the door of a dormitory room. The fire was quickly put out, the Tulane statement said, and those arrested were identified through security cameras. They face charges of aggravated arson.

"There have been allegations that the incident was politically motivated," the Tulane statement said. "Tulane University is taking this very seriously and law enforcement officials are thoroughly investigating. Tulane University is committed to protecting the safety of all in our community and to protecting free speech on campus."

The New Orleans Advocate reported that the sign was apolitical. The reason many say that the fire was political is that the student who lived in the room was a leader of the Tulane chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, and is also involved in the campus chapter of Turning Point USA, a conservative group. The newspaper also reported that the person who was arrested who is not a Tulane student is a student at Brown University.

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