Pro-life group at Saint Louis University feels targeted after display vanishes
Members of a Students for Life group at St. Louis University says they feel targeted after 175 wooden crosses vanished overnight.
"The fact that this was stolen from us seems to be a way of saying that people don't like our voice on campus," says Students for Life President Besty Daly.
Students for life is a pro-life group at Saint Louis University. Daly is president of the group and says the cross display put up Saturday afternoon, was meant to to represent lives due to abortion in the United States, capital punishment and homicide in St Louis. By Monday night, the crosses vanished.
"According to the eyewitness, a man and a woman collected the crosses in a cloth bag and had said some people had been annoyed by our display," she says.
The university is investigating and reviewing security footage.
"We want to an open dialogue of ideas and exchange of ideas. On the university side, it is a failure within our university mission where it is our mission to be a place where those ideas and arguments can be made," says Father Chris Collins, Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity.
While the group is disappointed someone would destroy their display, they do want to meet halfway with whoever is responsible.
"We forgive the perpetrators of this act, whatever ill feeling they may have toward our group, we want to talk to you, we want to reach out to you," says Lucy Gonzales.
Saint Louis University and Daly tell News 4 this is the first incident of a theft of this nature in recent years.
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