FAU Trustee Angela Graham-West Explains Why She Felt Harassed; Students Call for Restraining Order Against Allen West

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Today former U.S. Rep. Allen West posted threatening-sounding messages on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, suggesting that Florida Atlantic University students had harassed his wife, Angela Graham-West, a trustee at the school.

This afternoon via phone, Graham-West explained what prompted his message.

"This all started out as an internal thing," she said. Several weeks ago -- before the deal for FAU to accept $6 million from private prison operator GEO Group in exchange for stadium naming rights was cancelled -- two male students "with some group called 'Owlcatraz' entered my office talking about all kinds of crazy stuff, like how I should resign from the board."

Graham-West, who was formerly a business professor at Kansas State University, said they told her secretary "a story" to get past the front desk and entered her office uninvited and without an appointment.


"This was about the GEO deal. I tried to explain that every corporation has a history, you know." She said she talked about how "Nike, Volkswagen, all have histories. They started getting riled up." She described the two men as "zealots."

She said they asked, "You think you're as tough as your husband, don't you?" and "All you want to do is bring back Jim Crow!" (to which she responded, "How can we? We're black!")

Graham-West says she felt threatened. "All logical arguments come off the table when you start to intimidate people. I'll discuss A through Z, but I'm not willing to listen to strangers tell me what they want me to do. There is no way that you can violate a person's space and then have a logical discussion... There are civilized ways of going about meeting with people."

After about 45 minutes or an hour, she said, her partner came in and saw it was not going well and interrupted. She said the men were asked to leave by her company's internal security.

She says that she did not get either young man's name and that when they left, one "took the door and slammed it so hard it almost broke the plate glass."

She thought the confrontation was over, but then yesterday, she says, at a Board of Trustees meeting that was open to the public, she saw in the crowd one of the students from that meeting. "That's called stalking," she says. She says she alerted campus security but did not file an incident report. "Police were there and tried to escort them out."

Then last night and today, she says, her boss and co-workers received emails presumably from the same two men. "It's becoming a three-ring circus," she said.

She declined to provide a copy of the email but said it suggested she should be fired and let go from the Board of Trustees. She said the students alleged they had been invited in to her office and accused her of becoming aggressive and saying that people who owned Volkswagens were Nazis. She said it had an ominous tone, saying, "You can't threaten us, Angela." She did not know why she and no other trustee was targeted for protest.

Given the bombings in Boston and recent campus shootings, Graham-West says she was unnerved. "They could have done anything. They could have shot me. I just come with a pencil, a pen, and a briefcase."
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IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

kind of hot.  i can see why Allen was twisting her arm for anal sex

chaz, I waited 2 days, surprised you didn't make this observations

Allen, if this post po's you, remember to keep your pen in your pocket where it belongs and dont write the missus whining for anal sex any more.


jaqueobauer
jaqueobauer

The communist punks that now operate on the campus of Florida Atlantic University must never be allowed to dictate policy.  The campus is now a breeding ground for the Communist Party, where their youth members work hard to use the system of laws against a decorated war veteran who is protecting his wife from the communist vermin.  Col. West made a mistake when he made his threats public.  Col. West knows better, and that the Marxists will hide behind Obama and the communist media.  Every time.  Go underground  Col. and deal with this accordingly, as the Marxist vermin represent a threat to life, liberty and our right to bear arms.  We're losing our nation as the communist, are slowly taking  inch by inch of liberty from the patriots and law abiding Americans.  We must never let that happen.


ChazStevensGenius
ChazStevensGenius topcommenter

Just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder, in walks Mrs. Torture.

By the way, did she just violate Godwin's Law (look it up) with her surreal reference to VW?

Fahrvergnügen!

And the Nike thing just lost me.  

Apparently, the missus is just as daft as her husband, and also uses a random quote generator.

Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

First, if Mrs. West was genuinely fearful of the students, she would have made a police report or at the very least contacted Student Affairs (about the two students). One of these students the shows up to a BOT meeting, and Mrs. West considers that stalking? Perhaps the Wests believe that the universe revolves around them? If I were on the BOT, I would not be pleased that her husband brought more negative attention to FAU or that she penned this logically absent response/justification for Mr. West's overreaction. What I find the most sad about this is that Mrs. West is one of a few FAU BOT members with actual background in education. Poor FAU. Ugh.

FreeVoice
FreeVoice

Looks like someone needs to brush up on their definition of "assault"  (http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/assault) which, interestingly enough, is more appropriate when describing her husbands latest actions on social media. Last time I checked, when your employers (yes, the students ) walk in your office to discuss business matters, you don't pretend to be threatened. Now if you actually feel threatened when forced to explain yourself to the students, perhaps you should not represent their interests. It is the job of a trustee to keep the trust of the students, since any authority is given in trust. She should consider herself lucky as any employee who fails to perform his/her duties and still gets to keep their job.

anita_roberts2003
anita_roberts2003

They sound like they just want to get Dr. West out ........That's not going to happen under our watch.....there are too many people behind this wonderful lady.....She is one of the best things that has ever happen to FAU..

Get a life Owlcatraze people.....Mr. Allen West did the same thing that any man would taking up for his wife.  WE'RE BEHIND YOU MR & MRS WEST....

saranya
saranya

Showing up to a Board of Trustees meeting is not stalking, it's being a concerned student. Ridiculous.

FatHand
FatHand

Whatever the truth turns out to be, I'm sure we can trust on the FAU administration to handle any fallout in a mature and straight-forward manner.

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

@jaqueobauer Thank you for your opinion,  Joe McCarthy.  Deja vu, 1953 all over again.

FatHand
FatHand

Wouldn't it be a violation of Godwin's law if she somehow refrained from making a Volkwagen/Nazi comparison? If anything she just proved it. Or it does not apply here at all.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

its a HOAX that's why WESTs cannot get the proper authorities involved since their show will soon be over if the real facts are revealed

just another attempt to stay in the public spot-light by desperate for attention by an egotistical ex-politician who has really nothing beter to do

richard.foshee
richard.foshee

@anita_roberts2003 As an FAU student, can you explain to me how this woman has been "one of the best things that has ever happen to FAU".  As she appears to be so great for the University and my matriculation, I would like to know what makes her so great for my academic future.

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