Kent State University reaffirms response on white nationalist decision

KENT, Ohio — Kent State University faced a deadline in a threatened lawsuit that would make it the latest university sued over white nationalist Richard Spencer’s campus tour.

Attorney Kyle Bristow had told Kent State University it had until the end of business Friday to agree to rent space at an “acceptable date and time.”

University spokesperson Eric Mansfield released the following statement Friday:

“Kent State has responded to Kyle Bristow reaffirming our earlier response that we cannot accommodate this request as no suitable space is available during the April 30-May 12 time frame.”

Tour organizer Cameron Padgett wanted Spencer to speak at Kent on the May 4 anniversary of Ohio National Guard shootings that killed four students in 1970. The university said it couldn’t accept the request because early May was too busy with the end of the academic year.

Several other schools including Ohio State University and Cincinnati are in litigation over Spencer.