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Allen West Angry with College Students Over Wife Comments

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 12:21 PM

By Melanie Batley


Former Rep. Allen West sent a Facebook message to students at Florida Atlantic University after he claimed they bullied his wife over her stance, as a member of the board of trustees, on a deal to rename the school's football stadium.

The Florida Republican, now a talk show host, said in a Facebook posting Wednesday that the students involved should “stop or you will face me, the side of me that you do not want to see,” The Palm Beach Post reported.

The Post reports that West's warning stems from an incident last month involving a student protest group called the Stop Owlcatraz Coalition that demanded individual meetings with FAU trustees to voice their opposition to a $6 million deal to rename the school's football stadium for a private prison management company, GEO.

Two FAU students allegedly showed up at Angela West’s business office to discuss the issue. When she disagreed with their position, they reportedly demanded she resign from the board, and accused Angela West, who is black, of wanting to “bring back Jim Crow.”

A colleague of Angela West gave a similar account to the Post, adding that when students left, one slammed a door so hard it sounded like the windows would break.

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The group, which takes its name from the school's mascot and the old San Francisco Bay prison, offered a different account, according to the Post.

“As public officials and the trustees of our university, they have a duty to be accessible and accountable to the constituencies they serve,” the group said in a statement. “She agreed to a March 18 meeting at her Raymond James office in Fort Lauderdale. At that meeting, Angela became rude and aggressive and students walked out of the meeting as she began yelling at them.”

The group also said Allen West harassed the students and instructed two school police officers to question them.

“Allen and Angela West are harassing and threatening FAU students, not the other way around,” they said.

The GEO Group, meanwhile, withdrew its offer earlier this month to donate $6 million to the school, because of the protests.


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