Students at Penn State University protested on Saturday, as a faculty member was fired over an article that called for the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the campus.
A video on Facebook, which shows students marching in support of the professor’s decision to remove the statue of Lee, went viral, with some calling for the professor to be fired.
“We don’t need to have statues of Lee or statues of the Confederacy on campus,” said one student.
“It’s not right, it’s just wrong.”
Another student told The Associated Press that the professor should be fired “for his racist comments, and for the hate he spewed in his own personal life.”
In a statement, the University of Pennsylvania said it has been working with campus police on the matter.
“While we are not in a position to comment on individual cases, we take this matter seriously and will provide assistance to the police as necessary,” the statement said.
The university has since removed the statue from the school’s grounds and will be hosting a ceremony to unveil the new statue on Monday.
In response to the incident, students gathered in front of the building on Saturday evening, some holding signs and chanting “We’re here to support the professor.”
“We’re not afraid, we’re not scared, we are here to show our support for the man who made the right decision to stand up for the right reasons,” said student Tarek El-Khatib, who was among the protesters.
Students at Middlebury College in Vermont also took to the streets, chanting “Say No to racism” and “Say no to racism.”
The College Fix’s Amanda Carpenter contributed to this report.
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