Kent State University reaffirms unavailability for white nationalist to hold speech in May

Despite being threatened with a lawsuit, Kent State University says it cannot accommodate the request from white nationalist Richard Spencer to hold a speech in May.

Kent State University has given its response to the attorney of the tour organizer threatening to sue if the school doesn't agree to rent space for a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

The request cannot be accommodated.

Attorney Kyle Bristow notified Kent State on January 26 that they had until Friday to agree to rent space at its Student Multicultural Center at an "acceptable date and time" or face a federal lawsuit.

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Spencer's campus tour organizer, Cameron Padgett, had asked to rent space for a Spencer speech on the May 4 anniversary of Ohio National Guard shootings that killed four students in 1970.

The university said it couldn't accept the request because early May was too busy with the end of the academic year. Friday's statement from KSU spokesperson Eric Mansfield reaffirmed that.

Kent State has responded to Kyle Bristow reaffirming our earlier response that we cannot accommodate this request as no suitable space is available during the April 30-May 12 time frame.

Several schools have rejected Spencer's speech requests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.