Many students celebrate graduation by throwing their caps in the air and taking photos filled with smiles.
The student posed with an AR-10 rifle following graduation and had a very blunt message for any naysayers on her graduation cap, "Come and Take it".
Although the photo has received ample amounts of criticism, Bell isn't going to apologize for her graduation pictures. "I should have been able to do so as a student- especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus".
Others were skeptical of her theory that it could help defend her against the National Guard and some felt because of Kent State's history, the campus was an inappropriate place for Bennett to stage her photos.
Kent State University spokesman Eric Mansfield said once Bennett graduated, she was "no longer restricted under the policy as a student". "I discover it insulting that the varsity values the lives of their company greater than these attending the college for 4 years".
Bennett notified university police of her photo shoot ahead of time, Mansfield told the online publication.
Kaitlin Bennett, 22, shared photos of herself posing with the huge gun at Kent University in OH, while toting a mortarboard inscribed with the slogan 'Come and take it'. During her time at Kent State, she founded a chapter of Liberty Hangout, a small libertarian media outlet dedicated to promoting peace, prosperity, and property rights.
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Some Twitter users were upset that Kaitlin chose to take the images with the AR-10, while others supported her decision.
On Tuesday, Bennett posted another picture.
Kaitlin said the weapon is legally owned, and that she was supervised by a campus cop when questioned about the photos by fellow tweets. "They say they're against violence, but then they say they want to kill me". "The black officer that was with us during this photoshoot loved it, actually".
Bennett called the university out on Twitter for touting their safety ranking, and wrote that her cameraman had been assaulted "for supporting the 2nd amendment".
When asked about the threats against her, Bennett told WKYC-TV, Cleveland, "I carry [a gun]".
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