A University of Missouri-Kansas City student has been charged with assault after interrupting a speech Thursday by Daily Wire’s conservative commentator Michael Knowles and spraying him with a substance.
“A UMKC student identified as Gerard G. Dabu has been charged with peace disturbance – disturbing schools or lawful assemblies; assault on law enforcement; and property damage. Dabu was arrested Thursday night and released on bond. Today, Dabu also has been charged with assault and resisting arrest of law enforcement and in the discharge of their duties,” a university spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap on Friday.
In a note to students, university chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal added more detail.
“Police had no choice but to react as if the substance was an immediate danger. Tests later revealed the substance to be lavender oil and some other non-toxic household liquids,” he said. “A campus disciplinary investigation is under way.”
Agrawal also dinged Knowles, saying the host’s “professed opinions do not align with our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our goal of providing a welcoming environment to all people, particularly to our LGBT community.”
In a statement to TheWrap, Knowles called Agrawal “a disgrace to higher education,” and said the broader incident was a “warning to conservatives on campus.”
I was invited to give a speech on a fairly innocuous topic: “Men Are Not Women.” From the very beginning, a loud contingent of leftist students shouted relentlessly in an attempt to drown out my speech. After some time, they stood up to leave. At that point, a masked assailant approached out of my periphery and shot an odorous, strangely colored liquid at me, at which point the police tackled and arrested him. At first I thought this liquid might be some sort of paint. I was later told it was bleach, then later still told it was a non-toxic concoction that merely resembled a dangerous chemical. In any case, the message was clear: what happened last night was a warning to conservatives on campus that unless they shut up and kowtow to leftist orthodoxy, they will be silenced, intimidated, and assaulted. This morning, the chancellor of the university sent out an email in which he not only did not apologize but in fact smeared me as some for of bigot. He then described the topic of my discussion–i.e., that “men are not women”–as an ‘extreme point of view.’ Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal is a disgrace to higher education. The assailant as well as the students who screamed throughout the lecture should be expelled from the university, and the assaillant should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Enough is enough.
Knowles had been on campus Thursday for a speech to a chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative student group. A teaser of the event on Daily Wire’s YouTube channel forewarned, “he’s bound to trigger some Leftist tears while delivering a revolutionary message on gender and science.”
Knowles is a rising and eclectic voice in the conservative movement. In addition to his regular show on the Daily Wire, he is also a frequent writer for FoxNews.com. Knowles, a trained actor, also occasionally still appears in ads as well — most recently for McDonalds last month.