On March 4, at the University of California in Santa Barbara, 16-year-old Thrin Short, a pro-life demonstrator alleges that a faculty professor assaulted her during an outreach event. Short and her 21-year-old sister were distributing hundreds of informational brochures during a rally that was coordinated by a Riverside-based nonprofit group, Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. According to Short, the event started to unravel contentiously when Associate Professor Mireill Miller-Young came face-to-face with a group of demonstrators and students and become enraged. Eventually Miller-Young grabbed an anti-abortion sign out of Short’s hand and walked away with it. Short claims before she seized the sign from her, Miller-Young was mocking her and talking over her voice in front of the students. Short added that Miller-Young told the students that she was twice Short’s age, had earned three degrees and it would be more beneficial to listen to her.
Afterwards, supposedly Miller-Young walked through two campus buildings with the sign in her hand and she was followed by Short, her sister and two UCSB students. Short captured the incident on a smart phone video while her sister called campus police. She later posted the video on YouTube and stated she was deliberately provoked by Miller-Young. Short states that she was pushed three times by the professor as she attempted to prevent an elevator from closing with her hand and foot, as the professor stood inside. When Miller-Young exited the elevator, the teenager said that the educator tried to pull her away from the elevator doors so the others could take off with the sign. As the teenager tried to get away from the professor’s grip, her fingernails allegedly left bloody markings on her wrists. The fray ended when Short backed off, the professor walked off and the students rode up the elevator. Campus police are assessing the mobile phone video of the pro-life demonstrator allegedly being assaulted by the professor.
Miller-Young is a feminist studies professor at UCSB and her faculty web page says she specializes in black cultural studies, pornography and queer studies. She has refused to make any comments to the media but has hired an attorney. A spokesman for the campus police has not commented on the incident but school officials have acknowledged the incident in a statement. Kristina Garza, director of campus outreach for the nonprofit pro-life group, told the media that the whole situation is ironic because Miller-Young is a feminist studies professor who committed an act of violence on another female. This incident has also alerted the attention of right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh. On Wednesday, he made disparaging remarks about Miller-Young and her academic credentials. In a nutshell, he asserted that higher education was being tainted by feminist liberals.
In the latest statement made by Short, in an email, the pro-life demonstrator said that she wants the professor to be prosecuted for the attack. She went on to claim that if Miller-Young does not get prosecuted, it would allow others who do not have the same beliefs of pro-life to think they can do the same thing and not suffer the consequences. The email continued by stating that in this country, people have the right to organize pro-life demonstrations and rally against other perceived evils. Despite the alleged assault by Professor Miller-Young, the young pro-life demonstrator says she is more adamant about protesting against abortion.
By Isriya Kendrick