Kyle Rittenhouse no longer an Arizona State student, university says

Via:  Just Jim NC TttH  •  8 months ago  •  15 comments

By:   Alison Steinbach (USA TODAY)

Kyle Rittenhouse no longer an Arizona State student, university says
While ASU said Rittenhouse is not currently enrolled in ASU classes, the 18-year-old said in interviews last week he plans to continue studying there.

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PHOENIX — Kyle Rittenhouse is not currently an Arizona State University student, the university confirmed Monday.

The 18-year-old, who was recently acquitted by a Wisconsin jury of all charges in his shooting and killing of two men and wounding of a third in the aftermath of Kenosha protests, was taking online classes at ASU, he said during his testimony.

In recent media interviews, he said he wants to study on campus at ASU.

After Rittenhouse said on the witness stand on Nov. 10 that he was a college student at ASU, the university confirmed he enrolled as a non-degree-seeking online student for the session that started in mid-October, although he hadn't gone through the admissions process and wasn't enrolled in the nursing school. But according to the university, he's not a student anymore.

"Our records show that he is not currently enrolled," ASU spokesperson Jay Thorne wrote in an email. "There was no action taken by the university."

Thorne would not provide more information about whether Rittenhouse withdrew from classes or why his enrollment status changed.

Recent days have seen protests online from ASU student groups and others demanding the university remove Rittenhouse from classes.

Four left-leaning student organizations were expected to hold a rally and protest on the Tempe campus Wednesday in support of getting him off campus — even though he was an online student — and urging ASU to meet other demands including making a statement against white supremacy and further supporting multicultural spaces on campus. There's also an online petition stating ASU should not let Rittenhouse attend, which had over 6,000 signatures as of Monday evening.

Thorne would not comment on the planned rally or the online petition.

Rittenhouse may still enroll at ASU

Although it's not clear from the university why Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled, it seems he can still apply for courses or a degree in the future.

"Any qualified individual can apply for admission," Thorne wrote in an email.

The same would have been true with a guilty verdict. ASU does not ask questions about criminal history in the admissions process or for online enrollment, so even if Rittenhouse was imprisoned, he could continue as an ASU online student, Thorne previously said.

Rittenhouse said during two extensive interviews last week that he planned to continue studying at ASU.

He told Ashleigh Banfield in an interview on NewsNation that he took a "compassionate withdrawal" from two classes "because I got overwhelmed with trial coming on," but that he plans to go back to school.

"Next semester that opens up, I'm going to re-enroll in those classes just so I can finish them up and pursue my career in nursing," he said, adding that while he's been taking classes online, he hopes he can be on campus.

And Rittenhouse told Tucker Carlson on Fox News that there were still things to look into, "but I do intend on going on campus," with the intention of studying nursing, or maybe law, at ASU.

"I'm hoping I can live a quiet, stress-free life and be free of any intimidation or harassment and just go on with my life as a normal 18-year-old kid attending college," he said.

"I'm hoping that people go back and understand the facts and be like, watch the trial, watch the prosecutorial misconduct that I believe happened, and realize that I was an innocent 17-year-old who was violently attacked and defended myself," Rittenhouse told Carlson.

Planned rally stokes debate

The planned student rally Wednesday has sparked debate online over whether the student groups were right or wrong to call for Rittenhouse's removal from ASU.

A Twitter post announcing the anti-Rittenhouse rally on the Students for Socialism ASU Twitter page said Rittenhouse got "a not-guilty verdict from a flawed 'justice' system,'" but said he's still guilty to the victims and their families.

Groups listed on the flier are Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition and MECHA de ASU.

Students for Socialism said on Twitter Monday after news that Rittenhouse was no longer enrolled that the Wednesday rally will still happen for the other demands.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon — himself a former ASU lobbyist — urged ASU to investigate student harassment of Rittenhouse.

"It is completely outrageous that left-wing student groups are allowed to engage in a dangerous, ongoing harassment campaign against Kyle Rittenhouse, a fellow online ASU student, while university bureaucrats sit on their hands," he said in a Monday statement.

"It is time for the far-left to respect our judicial system, and it is time for administrators at ASU to stand up for the rule of law and protect their students from these thugs."

Thorne, the ASU spokesperson, would not say whether administrators have plans to meet or engage with the student groups rallying for Rittenhouse's expulsion.


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Just Jim NC TttH
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1  seeder  Just Jim NC TttH    8 months ago

Ready, shoot, aim. Dumbasses........................hahahahaha

Just Jim NC TttH
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2  seeder  Just Jim NC TttH    8 months ago

Here are the rest of the "demands" they are so hot about


The old "defund the police and create a CAARE center bullshit. Let us know how that works out LOL. And white supremacy hadn't a fucking thing to do with Rittenhouse. Stretch it libs LMAO

Professor Quiet
2.1  Ronin2  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2    8 months ago

If the University does # one and # two from the list they can join those getting sued. It would be a slam dunk case considering they are violating their own written statutes. 

Trout Giggles
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2.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2    8 months ago

Actually, I think Kyle may have a libel? slander? case here. He was found not guilty.

Just Jim NC TttH
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2.2.1  seeder  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.2    8 months ago

And this, ASU, isn't the only place he has a case

Thrawn 31
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2.2.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.2    8 months ago

Nah, those types of cases are notoriously difficult to win because you basically have to prove that someone is lying about you with malicious intent and those lies generated measurable harm. Hence the reason why they are rarely taken to court and even rarer still are people actually convicted. Which honestly is the way it should be because otherwise, when expressing an opinion becomes a legal liability, you essentially shutdown the freedom of speech aspect of the first amendment. Although maybe if there were actual consequences for uttering total bullshit our political discourse wouldn't be the cesspool that it is today.

That being said that is not in any way the same as someone being fired from their job for something stupid they say on social media or whatever. 

Thrawn 31
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2.2.3  Thrawn 31  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.2.1    8 months ago

He would have an extremely hard time winning any libel or slander suit he tried to bring. 

Just Jim NC TttH
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2.2.4  seeder  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Thrawn 31 @2.2.3    8 months ago

No he wouldn't. Remember a guy called Nicholas Sandmann? He's got basically the same standing as Sandmann did. Especially with the media. Perhaps not the punks at ASU but we shall see.

Professor Guide
2.3  Sunshine  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2    8 months ago

Who feeds them this bullshit?  

Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
3  Trout Giggles    8 months ago

He should forget Arizona State and apply at University of Arkansas. They would like him there. They do have a nursing program but it's not as good as the other ASU - Arkansas State University. Now that school has a primo nursing program. My daughter graduated cum laude from their with a Bachelor's in Nursing

Professor Guide
4  Sunshine    8 months ago

I suppose it's time for a hang'n in the west from the social justice warriors.

Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sunshine @4    8 months ago

Kinda hard to do when he's going to school on-line

Thrawn 31
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5  Thrawn 31    8 months ago

Meh, ASU isn't even that great a school. Wildcats all the way baby.

Sparty On
Professor Principal
6  Sparty On    8 months ago

Little fuckin snowflakes got their way ..... not good .... not good at all

Senior Guide
6.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  Sparty On @6    8 months ago

Definitely not good…


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