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UVA Bans Jason Kessler

Says He Was Threatening Students

April 27, 2018 - 10:06 am
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Charlottesville, VA (1140wrva.com) –   UPDATE via AP: The main organizer of last summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is defending himself after being effectively banned from the University of Virginia campus.  Jason Kessler says he recently visited the university's law library to study up on defending himself in litigation stemming from the "Unite the Right" rally. He says he was harassed while there.

UVA issued a statement Friday saying it had issued a no-trespass warning to Kessler. The statement says the decision was based on reports from students that Kessler threatened them, targeted them through cyberbullying and cyberharassment or targeted them based on "protected characteristics."

Kessler denies those allegations.

Kessler is a UVA graduate and right-wing blogger who was the primary organizer of the August rally that descended into violence.

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ORIGINAL STORY VIA WRVA:  The University of Virginia has announced it has banned Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Kessler from school property.  The school issued this statement:

"The University of Virginia issued a no-trespass warning to Jason Kessler of Charlottesville on Thursday evening. The University is in the process of serving Mr. Kessler with the warning.

The warning was issued due to multiple reports from students that Mr. Kessler threatened them, targeted them through cyber-bullying and cyber-harassment, and targeted them based on protected characteristics. Kessler also intentionally and purposefully misled officers of the University Police Department regarding the torchlight rally that he helped organize on Aug. 11. His conduct on Aug. 11 threatened the health and safety of members of the University community. The warning is consistent with long-standing University practice and current policy [PRM-018]. The warning effectively bans Mr. Kessler from being on University property."

Kessler organized the Unite the Right rally last August.  Three people died during the event, including two State Police Trooper-pilots.  Kessler recently faced a felony perjury charge, but it was dismissed on a technicality.  Kessler has being seeking to hold another rally on the anniversary of the August events.

 

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