No comments made about member's controversial statement during OU Regent meeting

Crowd watches the OU Board of Regents meeting on December 12, 2017. Some brought signs and flags in protest of comments made by member Kirk Humphreys/ (KOKH/Jordann Lucero)

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents met Tuesday. Board member Kirk Humphreys was not in attendance, but the focus of the crowd was him.

The meeting room was packed with people making their stance known. Humphreys is facing backlash after comments he made during a political talk show which compared being gay and being a pedophile.

"We were explicitly here today to call for Kirk Humphreys' resignation or removal from the Board of Regents," one OU student said after the meeting.

Related: Dozens gather to demand resignation of OU Regent Kirk Humphreys

Humphreys' controversial comments came during a debate with State Representative Emily Virgin. Virgin, D-Norman, also attended the regents meeting.

"I think that he has to resign. I think that he has lost the trust of the students and that's the most important thing at a university," she said.

The board stuck to the agenda which did not allow public comments.

Board chair Clay Bennett would not make any comment after the meeting.

OU President David Boren commented briefly.

"No one person or comments by any one person can change our basic commitment to the kind of community that we built at the university and that we're very proud of and that we intend to preserve," Boren said.

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