Update: Did student banned from Paul Ryan event plan glitter bombing?

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Update:After we wrote about six different students who were banned from attending Congressman Paul Ryan's speech in Lakewood yesterday, an anonymous source sent us a screenshot from one of their Facebook pages that mentions tomatoes and glitter bombs. The image seemingly contradicts claims by at least one of the students that he didn't plan to cause a scene. See it below.

This screenshot from the page of Alexandra Coulter (below) -- the first person we talked to today, who supports Obama but wanted to hear Ryan speak -- includes a conversation in which friends suggest she bring a glitter bomb and a tomato to the rally. In the first exchange, a post reads, "Glitter bomb!," to which Coulter replies, "Ooo! Where do I get one?" Later, another post suggests that she "bring a tomato." To that, she replies, "Will do!"

If these kinds of posts were seen by the campaign, it's possible that the students could've been flagged before the event rather than being expelled after being overheard speaking to yours truly. And we know, as we reported earlier, that a Romney campaign volunteer did comment on the status of Jacob Spetzler, another student who was banned, warning him that protesters would not be allowed to attend.

But all the students we've talked to say they had no intention of protesting or heckling and brought no signs or any other materials to protest. They planned to just listen.

When contacted Tuesday afternoon about the Facebook post, Coulter said she sees how the post could be misleading but insists that everything posted was sarcastic or silly. "I wouldn't do that," she says, referring to glitter bombing or throwing tomatos. "What am I going to do? Get arrested...That was all silliness...I definitely had zero plans to do that."

Look through the back-and-forth for yourself here:

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Romney's campaign declined to weigh in on the issue, though after our inquiries about these students' claims, Ciara Matthews, Colorado communications director for Romney, sent this unrelated statement:

Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan bring bold leadership and decades of experience to the Presidential race that is exciting voters across Colorado. Today's event was a successful opportunity for Congressman Ryan to take the Romney-Ryan ticket's message of turning the economy around and strengthening the middle class straight to the voters of the Centennial State.

Click through to read our earlier coverage.

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tall_runner
tall_runner

If this happened at an Obama event, people would've screamed racism, or blamed the repubicans. Sad really, it's ok to do this kind of crap to one party, but not to another.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Investigators have learned she has been recently seen at many metro Hobby Lobby stores, buying glitter.

Following the C.I.A. kicking in the door to her known address and shooting everyone in sight, OVER SIX POUNDS OF GLITTER WAS DISCOVERED !!!

FOX News has exclusive coverage !!!

Aaron Wells
Aaron Wells

Glitter: the deadliest weapon known to man

Christopher Anderson
Christopher Anderson

as far as im think if thear is a threat in any way sape or form you stop that threat do we need anouther nut takeing pop shots a a person running for press or vp like boby in 68 or ford in 77 or jhon in 63 must i go on or di i make my pont

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I prefer bongs over bowls or joints.

Would I have been denied entrance as well ???

Shannon Fender
Shannon Fender

I'm kind of surprised he didn't ban ALL women... and seniors... and veterans... actually, anyone not rich, white and male.

Matt Woodall
Matt Woodall

America is going to suck worse than it does now if Romney/Ryan are elected. "Rights" will be a thing of the past.

Buhrpw
Buhrpw

It is actually very straight-forward, once you get everything in order. 

The ban was acting upon H.R. 347,  (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c112:7:./temp/~c112l5k5fA::) which makes it a potential federal offense to protest at political events protected by the Secret Service—such as today's rally.  While the four students banned were peaceful at the time, the Westword article clearly shows that a protest had been planned, which signifies justified reason that something would happen once they got in.  It was therefore entirely in the rights of the Secret Service to deny entrance. 

I agree with all above, and with the banned students, that it is a flagrant and unabashed violation of the First Amendment.  The ACLU is already up in arms: http://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/how-big-deal-hr-347-criminalizing-protest-bill.

As a closing note, I would like to say that I find it odd to be criminalizing Paul Ryan and glorifying Barack Obama for this.  The fault for it lies in Rep. Thomas Rooney of Florida, who authored the Bill.  However, fault does not lie completely on him.  All of 399 House Representatives—including Rep. Ryan—voted in favor of the bill.  Only 3 Representatives voted against the Bill—Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).  It is therefore of no fault of Paul Ryan that this is allowed.  However, it does not end there.  Obama signed it on 9 March 2012.  So, in contest of your statement that this would not happen at an Obama-Biden rally: Of course it would, he signed the law.

 

Larry L Crabbe
Larry L Crabbe

dam gop al rich grreed snot snobs and dont care for us poor seniors .. rep are bad group of people now adays.

Useurhead
Useurhead

Why do people still post things on FB that are publicly viewable? *face palm* See that globe symbol next to the post? That means, "Hey anybody and everybody go ahead and read this." Stupid, stupid, stupid. Your profile should never be public. Searchable, fine, viewable by any Tom, Dick, or Nancy? Never. I'm not a GOP supporter (at least not the main whackos we hear from all the time) but I personally don't blame them for being cautious and erring on the side of "No, you can't come in." Be smart, privatize your social media accounts if they're your personal accounts, and you won't have to worry about this happening again. You could talk about glitter bombs all you want and unless someone rats you out nobody would find out. Chalk it up to a lesson learned.

jraiffie
jraiffie

@SamTLevin they had backpacks and it was perceived otherwise. One told me they complied and put packs in car without incident.

chickenlooper
chickenlooper

i really dig snarky redheads. especially with intimate piercings. 

Darkruse
Darkruse

Well, it said that they were planing on bringing glitter bombs and tomatoes, although it seems small and funny, but really EVEN if they say its not for real, BUT understand where these government people are coming from, we just had a shoot out at the Aurora Mall and that was a public area, so threats like these no matter how small should be prevented. Other stand points, if these people were to cause a small ruckus, then it just might be a good chance for real danger to occur, you never know who is out to shoot the politicians. A peaceful protest does not include any hint of throwing items at others, pushing and shoving, that's one thing, but bringing items to cause trouble is another. Please try and understand where I'm standing from, I by no means am judging or anything but just seeing from both sides of the story, I am to believe that using this method, not only am I able to better judge a subject, its causes less misunderstanding.

jraiffie
jraiffie

@SamTLevin thanks... Posting. Did you get a statement from co romney director James Garcia? Not how to win votes, keeping young people out

amberunicorn36
amberunicorn36

Since when is peaceful protest banned anyway? Just afraid someone will ask about the tax returns? I guess I do not understand what Romney and Ryan are afraid of?

Dane Paul Terry
Dane Paul Terry

"is it ok when obama dose the same thing or is it ok when he dose it ?" Oh, that is mighty fine. Someone's overdosing, that's for sure.

jhloa2
jhloa2

I was one of the four that wasn't allowed in. It was actually really frustrating. I'm not much of a Romney or Ryan fan, but I was genuinely interested in finding out what Paul Ryan had to say today. 

Andie Paysinger
Andie Paysinger

Justin Gardner - Here is a classic case of pond scum troll who has no understanding of people who actually go out and try to DO SOMETHING. He obviously sits on his ass and criticizes activists who believe in America.

Kelly Cowan
Kelly Cowan

Christopher Anderson, It is does, not dose. I suggest you lighten your dose, or learn how to spell does.

Justin Gardner
Justin Gardner

You should rename your magazine woe is me. Just a bunch of babies whining about how society wronged them. I'm sure you'll find a bunch of other babies who are in to that type of hard hitting news as well.

Thediabeticwonder
Thediabeticwonder

Man... ReaganBush84... it looks like you weren't hugged enough as a child.

ReaganBush84
ReaganBush84

Spetzler's status: "who else is going to the paul ryan rally? are signs expressing our displeasure in order?"

"I'm still deciding [who to vote for], and I would like to have seen him speak," Spetzler says. 

 

BULLSHIT! WESTWORD IS BULLSHIT! SPETZLER IS BULLSHIT! 

 

JJN303
JJN303

This is not a news story.  Must be a slow day at Westword.  Its a private event.  The Romney campaign can choose who they want and who they don't want to attend.  Violation of free speech my ass.  Alexandra Coulter and Vianes Rodriguez claim they came just to listen and watch.  So which is it, did you come to exercise your right of free speech, at a private event, or did you come just to listen.  Sam Levin, you a dumb for running this "news" story.  This kind of thing happens all the time at GOP and DNC events and is not a big deal.  Get a life.

Al_Swearengen
Al_Swearengen

 @tall_runner Yes, let's make something up to show what victims Republicans are!  After all, reality has a well-known liberal bias.  And Republicans have to always make flimsy equivalencies.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

@Won_Leg

I agree with all above, and with the banned students, that it is a flagrant and unabashed violation of the First Amendment.  The ACLU is already up in arms: http://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/how-big-deal-hr-347-criminalizing-protest-bill.

As a closing note, I would like to say that I find it odd to be criminalizing Paul Ryan and glorifying Barack Obama for this.  The fault for it lies in Rep. Thomas Rooney of Florida, who authored the Bill.  However, fault does not lie completely on him.  All of 399 House Representatives—including Rep. Ryan—voted in favor of the bill.  Only 3 Representatives voted against the Bill—Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).  It is therefore of no fault of Paul Ryan that this is allowed.  However, it does not end there.  Obama signed it on 9 March 2012.  So, in contest of your statement that this would not happen at an Obama-Biden rally: Of course it would, he signed the law.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Won_Leg  -- G.M.D.

 

Glitter of Mass Destruction

 

That Spicy Tomato had bigger stockpiles than Saddam Hussein.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @Won_Leg omfg your sooooooo cool cause u smoke pot!! Can i have your autograph????

 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @Buhrpw Very interesting, Buhrpw. Thanks for the links as well.

Darkruse
Darkruse

I know i might get some hate replies, but please include your reasoning along with your hate and I can then understand where you are coming from then I'll better knowledge myself, if you can try to do the same that will be great

cellocaddy
cellocaddy

 @jhloa2 I was also one of the people not allowed in. We are being portrayed by the Romney campaign as dangerous protestors, but we were being incredibly peaceful. It's ridiculous. Our intentions were only to gain more information. Period.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @jhloa2 Thanks for weighing in, jhloa2. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

jhloa2
jhloa2

 @ReaganBush84 We were originally going to get signs, but when we saw that we wouldn't be let in if we had them, scrapped the idea. I showed up with my friend separately from any other students. Nobody (Spetzler included) was actually protesting or doing anything at all other than standing in line. 

verily
verily

 @JJN303 *It's; *, my ass; *come just to listen?; * you a dumb for running...;  

 

I think I saw a picture of JJN303 in the front row at this event.  I think his sign is misspelled, but that's typical of a "they-took-ur-jerb" idiot. 

icallbullshit
icallbullshit

 @JJN303 The event was free and open to the public, held at a public high school. So, no. It wasn't a private event. These students had tickets and were denied entry based upon speculation.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @JJN303 Resistance it Futile -- You Will Be Assimilated.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @Al_Swearengen hey Al Read  Buhrpw's comment. the law to not cause a disturbance at a Secret Service event was signed in BY OBAMA himself. dummy

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @michael.roberts I agree Michael. Why is this not the "comment of the day" Your being shown here it was not "bias" that led these kids to not enter, nor was it some glitter bomb, but a bill put in BY OBAMA HIMSELF.....does the Westword not run corrections?

dancergrl1115
dancergrl1115

 @DonkeyHotay  If "undecided" voters are bullshit, then why is Paul Ryan trying to campaign to those "undecided" voters?  In a sense, you're calling the potential vice president bullshit for trying to appeal to those who might sway the presidency.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever This from the insane teabagger who claims that the Denver Post is " far left liberal" ...

 

LOL!

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