Four Ohio University Students Arrested At Heated Student Senate Meeting


Four Jewish Ohio University students are awaiting another court appearance after they were arrested at Wednesday night's Student Senate meeting.

The students were speaking out against the Pro-Palestine student senate president who released a controversial video last week, calling for OU to cut all ties with Israel.

Bobcats for Israel President Becky Sebo was one of the students arrested after refusing to stop speaking at Wednesday night's student senate meeting.

Sebo and the other three students were protesting a video released last week by student senate president Megan Marzec.

In the video, Marzec dumps a bucket of fake blood on her head and says the following:

“This bucket of blood symbolizes the thousands of murdered and displaced Palestinians, atrocities which OU is directly complacent (SIC) in."

Marzec tells 10TV that her pro-Palestine views are not the reason she had the Jewish students arrested.

She says she called police after Sebo and the others spoke out of turn and would not allow others to talk.

"The meeting became chaotic because of the outrage from others in the room that no one else was going to be able to speak,” she said.

Marzec says the students would not have been arrested if they had followed the rules.

"All students, by the rules that I helped to amend, are able to speak at the meetings,” she said.

Jewish students who attended the meeting described seeing an inequality in freedom of speech.

"They preach freedom of speech and they preach everyone has a voice, and they're sitting there banging on the tables, screaming over us,” Jarrad Gold said when describing Marzec and her supporters.

Gold, who is president of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, says the Jewish community will continue to be involved in future student senate meetings but not in a way that leads to arrests.

After Marzec's blood bucket video grabbed headlines, Gold says the student body needs to matter pro-Israel or pro-Palestine.

"As a community, we need to be pro-peace,” he said.

The four arrested students were charged with Disturbing a Lawful Meeting, a fourth degree misdemeanor that carries a $250 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

The students have another court appearance Sept 24th and did not wish to comment about their arrests.