University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
4:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

UTC Petition And Protests Aim To Ban "Verbally Abusive" Street Preachers From Campus

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Students at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, are petitioning to have a street preacher banned from campus.

So far, about 3,000 people have signed an online petition that asks UT system President Joe DiPietro to keep “verbally abusive” preachers off of the Chattanooga campus.

Last week, a student who spoke to preacher Angela Cummings was then arrested for disorderly conduct. That event prompted protests on Monday. Hundreds of students protested in the campus free speech zone in an attempt to keep Cummings out of the area. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Cummings was protected by UTC police and security guards and told students that they were sinners who were going to hell.

UTC Chancellor Steve Angle says the school cannot legally deny speakers access to the campus.