UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Two fences on either side of John Carroll University’s campus representing a “mock border wall” are causing controversy on campus and online.
The fences were put up on Monday by a social justice student group as part of a senior project, meant to showcase stories and statistics about the country’s immigration policies and practices.
One is by the library, the other 36-foot-wide wire fence stands in front of the student center. Both were approved by the school ahead of time.
But a day after they went up, students said they were vandalized by Donald Trump supporters, who put up their own signs by the fences and then chalked the campus in support of the Republican presidential candidate.
Some chalkings simply read, “Trump 2016,” while others said “Bernie is a Commie” and “Hillary 4 Prison.”
Tuesday evening, it came to a head. Students said pro-Trump supporters stood on one side of the wall while social justice students joined by Latino groups and others stood across from them debating.
Several social justice students and those in support even slept in front of the wall to keep it safe from vandals.