Marine James Erickson ‘Wins the Internet’ With the Epic Burn He Put on the Million Student March

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
November 13, 2015 Updated: November 13, 2015

As students across the United States held demonstrations to ask for tuition-free public colleges, a marine stepped in and delivered an epic burn.

Thousands of students participated in the Million Student March at colleges across the nation, including about 50 at Northeastern University. 

“The student debt crisis is awful. Change starts when people demand it in the street. Not in the White House,” Elan Axelbank, 20, a third-year student at Northeastern, told Reuters.

The students were protesting against high levels of student debt, as well as rallying for tuition-free options. Oustanding student debt has reached $1.2 trillion, according to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and some presidential candidates have tapped into the issue, making promises like cutting interest rates for student loans.

But some are slamming the students, saying they should just pay their way like many have done before. 

That included James Erickson, a marine who earned his way through college.

After delivering the tweet, many thanked him for his service. 

“Did the same in the USAF. Thanks for your service,” said one.

“How a Marine wins the internet,” added another.

“And I bet you’ll continue to go far in life! Thank you for you’re service!” added yet another.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.