KINGSTON, Ontario, Canada, March 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A woman has been arrested in the wake of a protest against freedom-of-speech hero Jordan Peterson.
Police say in a report that the 38-year-old woman broke a stained glass window in a Queen’s University lecture hall after banging on it during Peterson’s talk there on Monday afternoon, cutting her hand.
After fleeing the scene, the woman was apprehended by plainclothes officers nearby. When they identified themselves, the woman yelled and tried to escape. When they handcuffed the woman, she became violent and began to kick one of them.
The police called for backup, but the woman continued to resist by attempting to kick out the window of the police car. Upon arriving at the station, the woman refused to walk or otherwise co-operate and bit another officer before she was carried to a cell.
According to the police, when they searched the woman’s backpack, they found a piece of wire fastened to two handles, which they described as a “garrotte.” A garrotte is a weapon used to strangle someone to death.
“A garrotte, for God’s sake,” Jordan Peterson wrote on his Twitter account. “What the hell is going on?”
“What terrible things are going through the mind of someone who brings a garrotte to a demonstration?” he later added.
The woman, who is not a Queen’s University student, has been charged with mischief, assaulting police, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and for carrying a concealed weapon.
Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. On Monday afternoon, he and a Queen’s professor, Dr. Bruce Pardy, participated in a talk called “The Rising Tide of Compelled Speech in Canada.” The event attracted several dozen students who shouted slogans and obscenities outside Grant Hall and banged on the windows in an attempt to drown out the speech inside.
Peterson, whose online lectures and television appearances have become a worldwide sensation, first attracted the ire of transgender activists and their allies when he filmed a youtube video stating that he refused to be compelled to use neologisms imposed upon public discourse by activists.