University Students Protest Plans for Bristol Palin Appearance

By Chris Good

Bristol Palin was invited to appear at Washington University in St. Louis,speaking to students about abstinence as part of Sexual Responsibility Week (which is ironically celebrated--or celibated?--by some puritan souls during the week of Valentine's Day), but the plans were shut down after an uprising against it by students, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

But because of a growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds, the advisory committee and Palin decided Thursday night "that the message that they intended on sharing would be overshadowed by controversy," according to a university statement.

Scott Elman, president of the advisory committee, said the decision to halt Palin's appearance as a keynote speaker was "100 percent mutual" between Palin and the committee. Elman added that he was very disappointed that students weren't more open to having Palin speak.

Read the full story at the Post-Dispatch.

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