U. of Central Mo. Responds to GOP Student Allegations Involving Obama Speech

By Robin Hattersley Gray

Six College Republicans from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) were not denied entrance to President Obama’s July 24 speech because they were wearing Republican-themed attire. They weren’t allow in because they tried to enter the school’s venue after the Secret Service had secured the building so the president could enter safely, according to university officials. It is the Secret Service’s standard operating procedures to lock the doors at a set time before the president arrives.

“It appeared as though we were standing there saying ‘No, you can’t come in.’ We weren’t saying anything,”  University of Central Missouri Interim Chief Communications Officer Dennis Cryder told Campus Safety magazine. “The Secret Service was saying, ‘No one can come in. We don’t care if you are the king of England, the College Republicans or whoever you may be.’”

The chairperson of UCM’s Young Republicans confirmed Cryder’s comments to the New York Daily News. She added that other individuals besides the College Republicans in question were also turned away because they were too late.

She did claim that a security guard who was not affiliated with UCM made a “snarky comment” that the half dozen GOP students didn’t respect the need for presidential security.

On Monday, six members of the College Republicans told the College Fix that they were confused by the “extreme security precautions,” which kept them from hearing the president’s speech in person.

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