Ann Coulter says she won't attend Berkeley free speech event

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Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says she's not coming to "Free Speech Week" at the University of California, Berkeley, amid growing signs the event could fizzle.

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says she's not coming to "Free Speech Week" at the University of California, Berkeley, amid growing signs the event could fizzle.

RELATED: Milo Yiannopoulos releases YouTube video allegedly made at UC Berkeley ahead of 'Free Speech Week'

The university says it is planning tight security around the event organized by right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos and scheduled to start Sunday.

Coulter told The Associated Press by email Friday that Yiannopoulos' team was in touch about speaking but she heard the school administration was "dead set on blocking" the event so she decided not to bother.

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Students and faculty at UC Berkeley say they're getting tired of the campus being a political flashpoint.

Many students described the disruptions as an annoyance and say they try to stay away from protests due to fears about violence

Click here for a list of speaker times according to the event's website.

Click here for more details on Free Speech Week.

Leslie Brinkley will have a full report tonight on ABC7 News and click here to follow her on Twitter.

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