UVA Student Threatens BLM Protesters

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA⁠ — Friday evening, a woman who has since been identified as UVA undergraduate student Morgan Bettinger, attempted to pass through a community barricade of cars to keep protesters safe during the Black Women Matter Noise Demo on E High Street in Downtown Charlottesville. 

When community security told her she could not pass, she reportedly became agitated and told protesters securing the area twice that “protesters would make good speed bumps.”

The second time she allegedly spoke to a Black protester and clarified, “good fucking speed bumps.”

She was a mere block away from Heather Heyer Way during the incident.

You can watch our footage of the aftermath of the incident here.

Because the protest was permitted, police officers were patrolling the area and re-directing traffic. 

According to community organizer and UVA student Zyahna Bryant, Bettinger had to pass two police blockades to approach the protest and was still upset by the fact she could not drive through the blockade. 

No one was able to capture Bettinger’s words on camera. However, WUVA can confirm she refused to leave the scene even though protesters were pleading with her to, and at no point were protesters blocking her car.

“Why are you here? Go!” said one protester in the video.

It is believed that she was calling the police in the video and would not leave until Charlottesville Police officers arrived at the scene in an unmarked minivan. 

Following public outcry on Twitter, the University released this statement: 

Students have been emailing several Deans in order to share information about the incident.

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