Students at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) circulated a petition because they were “scared and concerned” over the presence of police officers on campus. The police officers and members of the Ohio National Guard are being housed by the university while working security detail for the Republican National Convention.
The students, in all their precious liberal snowflake glory, demanded that the officers store their weapons off-campus. Because yeah, it surely makes sense that in the wake of two police officer mass shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, we should have a slew of officers in one area completely unarmed.
One alum wrote, “I am scared and concerned for students of color, queer* and trans* students and all university community members at the mercy of an arbitrarily expanded police force without clear oversight or attachment to the community.”
So how did the school respond? Did they tell the students it’s time to buck up?
Of course not. Officials at CWRU …
- Apologized again.
- Told the students they could flee the campus so they wouldn’t have to deal with big, scary guns.
First, the two apologies …
University President Barbara Snyder emailed students saying that school officials agreed to house the officers at the city’s request, but in doing so the university “failed to give adequate consideration to the impact the decision would have on members of our community — in particular students staying in residence halls near the buildings housing the officers,” Cleveland.com reported.
Snyder apologized for another email she had sent urging students not to stereotype all police officers.
“The deadly shootings last week in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas have dramatically intensified our national conversation involving race, law enforcement and the best paths to justice, fairness and safety for all,” she wrote, adding, “Nevertheless, given the current national context, I regret that I described such behavior as ‘profiling,’ and that I was not more careful with my language.”
Having been completely neutered by uber-sensitive college cupcakes, the school opted to hold some classes off campus, rescheduled others, and allowed students living on campus to be relocated while officers are present.
Emily Zanotti at Heat Street writes that other colleges in the area have cancelled some classes and closed some buildings during the convention, “but have not had to take any drastic measures to protect their students from sleeping police officers.”
Comment: Students asking for their school to disarm police officers would do well to learn that most mass shootings happen in gun free zones – like colleges campuses. Do you agree?
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Cross-posted at the Political Insider