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Katie Hopkins gave a talk at a college, and the students staged a mass walk-out

Hopkins has since called them all “close-minded”.

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KATIE HOPKINS HAS condemned young people for being ‘close-minded’ after university students staged a mass walk-out at a talk the columnist was taking part in.

Hopkins was invited to debate the Welfare State as part of Brunel University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and the students were not happy about it.

They raised the issue with the Student Union, and decided that the only way to convey their discontent to the university was to stage a walk-out.

The students took their seats and applauded as Hopkins was introduced – then promptly stood up, turned their backs to her, and walked out.

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Writing for the Huffington Post, Student Union President Ali Milani said that at no point did they attempt to ban Hopkins from speaking on campus, nor deny her the right to speak there.

It is instead about saying it is distasteful and incongruous for our University, as part of a 50th celebration event, to provide a platform to someone who adds nothing to the intellectual or academic discourse; and an individual who publicly utters such overtly bigoted views.

“Katie Hopkins was given the right to speak, but the students equally have the right to express themselves and to communicate their discontent, and they did so,” he told BuzzFeed.

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Hopkins has responded to the walkout in a piece for the Daily Mail, saying young people are now going to college to “close their minds” rather than expand their horizons.

Students no longer debate. They label and slate. Encouraged by Left-leaning tutors, students do not wish to open their minds to society. They want to hear what they have already decided is true.

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