Expel Gracyn Courtright from the University of Kentucky for attending the Capitol Riots.
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Like many people around the world, I was shocked and horrified about the events that took place in the United States Capitol on 6 January 2021. A violent insurrection to overturn the results of a democratic, free, and fair election; specifically the 2020 Presidential Election in the United States of America.
I cannot express in words how insulted and disgusted I felt when it was reported a fellow student of my university attended.
The student newspaper Kentucky Kernel on 8 January 2021 reported in a story titled "'Infamy is just as good as fame': UK student among crowd that mobbed Capitol building" that Gracyn Courtright, a student at University of Kentucky, had attended and bragged on social media about attending this insurrection on the US Capitol.
As a University of Kentucky student myself, I served as an election worker in the state of Kentucky three times to uphold our democratic process and have sworn on oath to protect the constitution of Kentucky and the United States each time. I have also, like many other students, in various capacities encouraged civic student among students, participation in our electoral system, and voter registration, in order to maintain, practice, and defend our countries democratic values.
The actions by Gracyn Courtright on that day damage the democratic values that the University of Kentucky and United States stands for, undermine the institutions that are the bedrock of our great democracy, and completely insult and undercut the work that I and thousands of other University of Kentucky students put in every day to increase civic engagement among students and defend our democratic values and institutions.
Such actions have no place at the University of Kentucky.
It is, with great regret, that I and the signatories of this petition request that Gracyn Courtright be expelled from the University of Kentucky and for all further relations with Gracyn Courtright be cut.
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