This sort of thing has become an epidemic on college campuses. When is someone going to tell kids who do this to sit down and shut up or leave?

Hat tip to Instapundit. Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Shouted Down at Portland State

Portland State University students hold an annual forum with the theme “Law and Disorder” at which they critique police conduct. Speakers tend to be people from the left who have a history of speaking out against police brutality.

This year, the forum couldn’t get started because one of the speakers — who has published numerous books and articles about the subject — was shouted down by audience members who objected to some of his recent writing about sexual violence.

Kristian Williams, the panelist who was interrupted, was shouted at because of an essay he wrote last year in which he criticized what he saw as a pattern where those who are survivors of sexual violence are presumed to be the only ones who can talk about any conflict over a given incident.

His piece did not deny that sexual violence is real, but he questioned the way some people have been attacked as perpetrators. “Under this theory, the survivor, and the survivor alone, has the right to make demands, while the rest of us are duty-bound to enact sanctions without question,” he wrote…

At last week’s event, video of which appears on YouTube, Williams was shouted down and prevented from even getting a sentence out. Audience members repeatedly shouted: “We will not be silenced in the face of your violence.” (Caution: Those offended by expletives may not want to watch the video of the event below.)