COLLEGE STATION, Texas - For the past few weeks there has been much discussion about a proposed White Lives Matter rally on the campus of Texas A&M.
University leaders released a statement last week canceling the event, and today the Texas A&M System Board of Regents unanimously stood by that decision.
Board Chairman Charles Schwartz opened up the discussion, explaining that following the announcement of the event, the administration took careful consideration and consulted with experts on law and public safety.
School leaders finally canceled the rally, deeming it a risk to the safety of the campus.
"I thought it was appropriate and the board agreed with me, for our board, as a body, to express our support of the university's decision and to publicly acknowledge all of the factors that went into this decision making process," said Schwartz.
Following Chairman Schwartz's remarks regarding the event, Vice Chairman Elaine Mendoza spoke on behalf of the board.
"Across the system they strongly embrace the First Amendment and believe that a university is a marketplace of ideas; however, this does not require them to allow violence on the campus," said Mendoza.
Mendoza also said that the safety of students, faculty, and staff is their number one priority.
The board did allow for public testimony; however, there was no one present to speak in opposition of the university's decision.