Texas governor shames university for relocating 9/11 display to avoid ‘triggering’ students


Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott was not happy when he learned that Southern Methodist University in Dallas had decided to relocate a 9/11 memorial to a less prominent place on campus. In response, Abbott wrote a letter to SMU President R. Gerald Turner telling him so.

Last week, SMU’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter submitted a request to the university to hold a 9/11 memorial display on the Dallas Hall lawn, a heavily trafficked area of the campus. The university told SMU YAF chapter President Grant Wolf that the display would be relegated to Morrison-McGinnis Park — more commonly known MoMac Park — in order to “avoid messages that are triggering, harmful, or harassing.”

Abbott sent a letter to Turner on Wednesday, asking him to restore the display to it’s “traditional place of honor” on Dallas Hall lawn as it has been since 2010, the Dallas News reported.


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