DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – The mother of a Douglas County high school student is speaking out against people who she believes are bullying her son online.
“How would these people feel if their children were talked about in this way? asked Amity Wicks.
Wicks’ son, Owen, is a sophomore at STEM School Highlands Ranch.
“He was compared to a young Hitlerian,” Wicks said. She said it was because he started a group of conservative students after school.
“They accuse him of lying, they accuse him of being a white supremacist, of being a racist,” Wicks said.
The group is called Turning Point USA, and although they have been accused of holding far-right views, they have exposed instances where members have used racist language. That’s according to political watchdog Politifact.
“It breaks my heart because this is my child and these people are saying these things,” Wicks said.
Owen said his intention was to start a meaningful debate among students interested in politics.
“I try to create a place where civil discourse is welcome, regardless of perspective,” Owen said.
More and more people are getting involved in the political arena from an early age. Even the University of Colorado Boulder reported a nearly 13% increase in young voters there from 2016 to 2020.
Wicks said she is proud of her son for his passion and closely monitors any racist or supremacist content he may be exposed to.
“I wouldn’t allow my son to be in a band that would be associated with those kinds of ideas,” Wicks said.
To his online critics, Owen said he was ready to debate their thoughts on him and his politics.
“I would ask them why, because I’m not a racist, I’m not a Nazi, so I want to know why they think what they think,” Owen said.
Turning Point USA already has a presence on high school and college campuses across the country.
While they have denounced any racist and supremacist rhetoric among members, Politifact reports that they have been criticized for pushing the debunked narrative surrounding fraud in the 2020 election.
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