No one at ISU has responded to my requests for a comment. They are hoping this blows over if they pretend nothing happened.
By: Diane Benjamin
Saturday – Redbird Arena, Illinois State University – Central Catholic High School girls basketball team is playing for the State Championship.
Many Central kids arrived at the game wearing patriotic apparel, some with Trump hats saying Make America Great Again. Others wore Trump sweatshirts.
Before the game started a lady named Melanie Spellmeyer ripped the hat off one of the guys in the front row and told another guy to turn his sweatshirt inside out. She claimed campaigning wasn’t allowed at the game. One father at the game told me who she was, the kids didn’t know. I did confirm her identity with a students.
I’m told Spellmayer was working one of the doors on the main floor for ISU.
I spoke to two fathers who were at the game and one student. All of them told the same story and expressed outrage at how the kids were treated. Spellmeyer must think she is the free speech police for speech she doesn’t approve of.
Tweets from people at the game:
Spellmeyer told the kids with the Trump apparel they would be thrown out of game if they didn’t take off the hats and turn their clothes either backwards or inside out. One father told me Central’s principal talked to her and then made the kids comply, obviously after this pic was taken
ISU is a taxpayer-funded school where Free Speech is supposedly encouraged. That must only apply to speech Spellmeyer agrees with.
More tweets from a Central Catholic student, name used with permission:
I have contacted both ISU President Dietz and Director of Athletics Larry Lyons for a comment. If I hear back from either, this story will be updated.
We should be glad Spellmeyer expressed her disdain for the President of the United States. She obviously doesn’t believe elections matter. It must be difficult to function everyday with that much HATE in her heart.. She is the reason Free Speech is imperative, people who interact with her will now know the character of the person they are speaking to.
Spellmeyer is a person who should not be allowed to interact with young people until she gets mental health counseling. Anybody else on the ISU campus in a position of authority spewing the same hate needs help too. Elections have consequences, Spellmeyer thinks she has the right to declare they don’t. How many others just like her exist at ISU?
Now, what is ISU going to do about it?