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Termination of Stephanie Clemons Thompson From Her Position Of Leadership

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Stephanie Clemons Thompson should be removed from her leadership position effective immediately.

As a community and university, we cannot allow our leadership to justify and defend the horrific act of terror against dozens, potentially hundreds and thousands, of innocent Buckeye students and staff on Monday morning.

We cannot allow someone in her influential position to be an apologist to these acts of violent terror. This deranged and disturbed man drove his car through a crowd of students, only to then exit said vehicle wielding a butcher knife, slashing and stabbing as many people as he could before he was stopped by brave Officer Alan Horujko.

Stephanie Clemons Thompson used Facebook as a public platform to shame those who were grateful and relieved the terrorist was taken out so quickly, preventing even more unthinkable terror and destruction in his wake. Because this man was taken out so quickly his goal of murder was foiled and his victims will live on. Stephanie Clemons Thompson, however, condemns this sentiment of relief by prioritizing the feelings of the terrorist over his innocent victims, their families, and the Buckeye community as a whole.

Furthermore, bringing the group #BlackLivesMatter into her post as a defense to these heinous acts only further promotes the violent and racially divided rhetoric being flooded by our media. That racial divide goes against the morals and principals OSU stands for. Her actions, as an employee, reflect on the university.

Stephanie Clemons Thompson knows she crossed a few lines in her disrespectful and misdirected post, as she has deleted her Facebook in an attempt to hide it. Unfortunately for her, thousands of people have seen it and are furious. We are disgusted that someone responsible for molding the minds of our future has the audacity to publicly promote such a dark and twisted narrative in the aftermath of this tragedy. We are urging our leadership to react to this incident and ensure that it does not go unpunished and unacknowledged. We are formally asking for the termination of Stephanie Clemons Thompson's employment at OSU.

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