A Michigan State University student interrupted a Board of Trustees meeting by sitting on top of the conference room table.
A Michigan State board of trustees meeting was interrupted by students venting frustration about the board's unanimous decision to pick John Engler as interim president.
President Lou Anna Simon resigned last week amid the fallout over sexual assaults committed by Larry Nassar. pic.twitter.com/4Cgvez0b6L
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 31, 2018
During a meeting in which Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees was set to install former Governor John Engler as the interim president, a student protester stalled the proceedings by planting himself down on the middle of the conference room table.
Engler was set to take the position in the wake of Lou Anna Simon’s resignation. Simon’s resignation came as a result of the Larry Nassar abuse scandal that has rocked the gymnastics world and Michigan State University over the past few weeks.
A group of student protesters entered the board meeting during the proceedings and began speaking. One student hopped on top of the conference room table and sat down with his legs crossed. Another student shouted that Engler’s appointment would “corporatize” Michigan State.
“This meeting was put in this room specifically so there wouldn’t be a lot of people allowed here,” the student said, seated comfortably in the middle of the table. “This is something we don’t believe as students, as members of this university and community that reflects what we believe as Michigan State students.”
“Together, we hope that you as a Board of Trustees make better decisions going forward and allow us in on the process,” the student finished.
Social media users blasted the students. Some called him entitled, others said that they immediately dismissed his arguments on the basis of his conduct alone.
the age of entitlement…
— Maximus' Vengeance (@gocubsgo84) January 31, 2018
Lol millennials make me sick
— Derek Kovacik (@DerekKovacik) January 31, 2018
The fact that the kid got up and sat on the table makes me automatically disregard anything he's saying. Can't have an adult conversation while acting like a child
— Keith thayer (@keith_thayer) January 31, 2018
Now get off the table and go to Starbucks so they can finish the meeting
— Matt davie (@_Matty_ice_16) January 31, 2018