Prof’s Criminal Charges over Pro-Life Display Vandalism May Be Dropped
By Gudrun Schultz
NEWPORT, Kentucky, May 25, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Vandalism charges against a literature professor accused of destroying a pro-life display at Northern Kentucky University in April may be dropped, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Sally Jacobsen encouraged six students to join her in tearing up 400 white crosses representing a cemetery of aborted babies, displayed by the campus pro-life group Northern Kentucky Right to Life (NKRL). Ms. Jacobsen was photographed trampling on the sign accompanying the display.
The Kentucky Enquirer reported Wednesday that mediation proceedings would take place between Jacobsen, university officials, student government and NKRL. Campbell District Judge Karen Thomas said if a mutual agreement was not reached by June 27, the criminal case against Jacobsen would go ahead.
Jacobsen has been charged with criminal solicitation, criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, all misdemeanour charges. The six students who were also charged with participating in the destruction of the display accepted an offer to perform community service in exchange for having the charges against them dropped.
The former head of Women’s Studies at NKU, Jacobsen earlier told the Enquirer her actions in destroying the display were justified by the strength of her feelings against it.
“Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it,” she said.
Jacobsen was suspended from her teaching position at the University after the vandalism occurred, and retired from her post at the end of term.
See previous LifeSiteNews coverage:
Kentucky Literature Prof Removed for Vandalizing Pro-life Display
Charges Laid Against Prof, Students Who Vandalized Pro-Life Display
More Pro-Abortion Violence at U.S. Universities – Now it’s Princeton