COLLEGE STATION - Officials at Texas A&M University have canceled a White Lives Matter rally scheduled for September 11 over safety concerns.
The university said no on-campus organization agreed to sponsor the event, a requirement stemming from a policy change in 2016. In a statement, the school said:
"Linking the tragedy of Charlottesville with the Texas A&M event creates a major security risk on our campus. Additionally, the daylong event would provide disruption to our class schedules and to student, faculty and staff movement."
However, counter protests are still being planned on campus.
"We would like to use... for the same time and space that he had planned to use. The goal is to use a space that these racists had dedicated for hate and use it as a space and time dedicated for the love of a fellow human being," Texas A&M student and BTHOHATE organizer Adam Key said.
In it's statement, the school also reiterated its support for First Amendment rights.