BUFFALO, NY - Laura Curry is an adjunct media studies instructor at UB and can seen swearing in a You Tube video. Campus police arrested and charged her with disorderly conduct Monday.
The Genocide Awareness Project was invited on campus by the UB Students for Life organization. G.A.P. is a traveling photo-mural exhibit that compares contemporary genocide of abortion to historical forms of genocide.
In the You Tube video Curry is heard swearing. A University police official tells 2 On Your Side she was not arrested because of swearing, although she was told to stop several times, but police say she was loud and causing a public annoyance.
In her defense, Curry tells 2 On Your Side that she wants to explain her side of the story, but says her attorneys don't think she should talk about her arrest. So, Curry recommended we talk to a colleague of hers who was with her at the time.
Cayden Mak is an adjunct instructor in the same department that Curry is in.
"That's not the Laura I know. She's not unhinged. She's an incredibly brilliant scholar, incredibly brilliant artist and I don't think those characterizations are fair," said Mak, "I think it's very difficult to not have an emotional reaction to a display like this."
Mak says the graphic content that was shown may have gotten the best of Curry.
"I don't think that 'f bombs' are necessarily this kind of profanity college students can't deal with. I don't she instigated, I think saying she instigated implies she went down there looking for a fight," Mak added.
The group says it knows the images are not pleasant and that they try to educate people and treat them with respect.
In a statement, The University at Buffalo said they "strive to create an environment in which diverse opinions can be expressed and heard. As a public university, it is a fundamental value of UB that all members of the campus community and their invited guests have a right to peacefully express their views and opinions, regardless of whether others may disagree with those expressions."
Curry is still an employee at UB and has a court hearing later this month in Amherst Town Court.