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Anti-Israel student protester cries over missing graduation after she was arrested, suspended

An Arizona State University senior who was arrested and suspended after trespassing throughout an anti-Israel protest broke down in tears over missing graduation as a consequence of her actions.

“I’m being restricted from a lot of things right now that I didn’t expect to be for standing up for something I believe in,” Breanna Brocker told ABC15 as she choked up.

Arizona State University protester Breanna Brocker
Arizona State University protester Breanna Brocker was arrested and suspended from the school for trespassing throughout an anti-Israel protest. ABC 15
Arizona State University protester Breanna Brocker
Brocker broke down in tears throughout an interview as a result of her suspension will forestall her from attending her graduation. ABC 15

“You know I have family coming in who I have to let them know not come to my graduation ceremonies.”

She tearfully added: “I’m just disappointed. I’m a 2020 high school grad, so I wasn’t able to walk then. So, you know, here it is. I’m not able to walk now.”

Brocker stated she will get her diploma and be capable to end courses — however the circumstances beneath which she’ll graduate will not be clear.

Despite the tears, Brocker stated she would take part in such protests — which noticed at the least 72 college students at ASU arrested — once more.

“I was doing what I believed was right and I still believe it to be right. I would stand up for the cause again, even if it means something negative for me,” she stated.

Brocker complained that she will have to tell family members traveling for the commencement that she won't be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
Brocker complained that she must inform members of the family touring for the graduation that she gained’t be allowed to take part within the ceremony. ABC 15

“So much harm has been done to all of those people already. I am safe, I am fine. I may not [walk at graduation] and that might harm future job prospects and stuff like that, but I’m not in physical danger. I am not constantly worried about being hurt or being forced from my home or anything like that.”

A US District decide denied a movement Friday to carry the suspension of 20 ASU college students who had been arrested throughout protests final week on campus, together with Breanna Brocker, a senior who says her suspension prohibits her from collaborating in graduation occasions.

Students gathered in an anti-Israel encampment at Arizona State on April 26, 2024.
Students gathered in an anti-Israel encampment at Arizona State on April 26, 2024. REUTERS/Liliana Salgado

Brocker is among the college students who should keep away from campus following their suspension, which prompted college students to file a lawsuit in opposition to the college on Tuesday.

The lawsuit accused ASU of violating college students’ free speech rights and retaliating in opposition to college students who attended the protest.

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