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Students arrived at classes this Wednesday morning to see a cluster of small white crosses dotting the North Green. There were two signs in front of the cross-laden field- one that said “Students for Life”, and another that said, “In memory of children lost to abortion”.
Many sources say that somewhere on a sign was the phrase, “Tragedy-4 students or 4 million babies?”, referencing the deaths of four Clemson students this year. However, Students for Life denies putting up this sign and says that they absolutely do not condone this sign. They consider this sign vandalization of their demonstration.
According to the “Students for Life” Facebook group, the group set up the display at 9pm on Tuesday, and planned to take it down Wednesday night at 6pm. This did not go according to plan, as the display was gone by 10am. There are no confirmed reports as to why exactly the display was taken down. I’ll update this post as I find more information.
CORRECTION 12:30PM: Alleged sign read: “Tragedy-4 Students or 4 Million Babies?” This post has been updated to reflect this.
UPDATE: Peter, an apparent member of “Students for Life”, sent me this comment:
Member of Students for Life here at Clemson. First off, yes, this display was 100% approved by all authority heads we needed to go through.
Secondly, no one in our group posted that sign, stating “Tragedy – 4 students vs. 4 million babies”. We do not condone this sign remotely, and are actively against any comparison of life in terms of size or value. We believe all life is sacred, from conception until natural death. As anyone who goes to Clemson knows, the entire student body was saddened by the death of each of those individuals. We would not trivialize their lives in any manner.”
Devin Gibson, president of Students for Life, also posted this comment on Facebook.
After the crosses were taken down and put into a pile, someone placed other signs on the pile. They have since been removed. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE. (Photos from Kendall Cavolina)
Devin Gibson, president of Students for Life, sent me another sign that was allegedly also found on North Green during the day. Bernadette Wersinger took the photo: