New Mexico Dean Compliments David Hogg’s ‘Poise and Courage,’ Offers to Raise Scholarship Money in Response to Ingraham Tweet
Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s tweet about Parkland survivor David Hogg reportedly prompted Miriam Chaiken, a dean at New Mexico State University (NMSU), to commit to raising scholarship funds for him and other survivors to attend her college.
Chaiken, according to the Albuquerque Journal, wrote a letter to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s principal, telling them “what magnificent students you have, and how like many I am inspired by their determination and commitment to making the world a better and safer place.”
“Please tell David, Emma [Gonzalez], and any other of your student leaders, that they are welcome at the William Conroy Honors College and at New Mexico State University,” Chaiken said.
Hogg, who gained publicity for his gun control activism after the mass shooting at his high school, publicly complained that several colleges rejected him.
After Ingraham tweeted that Hogg’s rejection was “totally predictable,” Hogg responded by listing her sponsors in an apparent effort to pressure them into dropping ads on her program.
Although Ingraham apologized for her comments, Hogg refused to accept:
I 100% agree an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough. I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I️ in this fight. It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children. https://t.co/H0yWs4zMGk
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 29, 2018
Chaiken, according to KOB4, said Hogg and others displayed “poise and courage.”
“I doubt if there’s many of us at the age of 17 would be able to stand up to a national audience with such poise and courage.”
Hogg, as Independent Journal Review previously noted, spoke at the March for Our Lives last month. The event, organized by Parkland students, focused on calling for action in response to gun violence.