Meanwhile, back on planet looney tunes…
Cleveland student snowflakes circulated a petition demanding revisions to an agreement their school made to temporarily house police officers and members of the Ohio National Guard.
The university agreed to house 1,700 police officers and 200 National Guard members who are in town to provide security for the Republican National convention.
The students have a major beef with it, but not because the extra security on campus might mean late night party and bar raids.
The Millennials are more concerned with the imaginary “danger” they feel is associated with having law enforcement – and their weapons – invading their campus “safe space.”
The petition tiled “Student Safety During Riot Police Occupation of Case Western Reserve University” includes over nine condescending and obnoxious demands including that police store all their weapons “off campus.”
It also demands that the police do not enter any University-owned buildings other than their assigned sleeping quarters, and refrain from alcohol and other “mind-altering” substances during the duration of their stay.
No doubt, the petition got plenty of play, with weak-kneed students and alumni piling on.
Here’s a pretty typical response from a fellow snowflake taken from the petition page:
The presence of militarized police on campus reinforces the reality that our lives and mental health does not matter. The mere presence of these officers on campus is an insult and could serve as a trigger for many painful memories of trauma inflicted by militarized police on community members and . This is a slap in the face to both community members and minority/marginalized students. Having them on campus period is unacceptable. This petition addresses the absolute bare minimum to keep the university safe and inclusive but it’s a start.
As an alum of CWRU, I relied on feeling safe in my identity on campus. 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. Please, protect CWRU as a safe space for all bodies.
Do young people these days know how to have fun, or what?
Adding insult to injury, Case Western Reserve University kowtowed to the delicate bunch with an apologetic statement. In a campus-wide email sent out Monday, University President Barbara Snyder tried to quell the growing unrest and all but announced the University would be shutting down during the GOP convention, Cleveland.com reported.
“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,” Snyder wrote.
Snyder admitted that “in answering the city’s convention request, we 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.”
Snyder even went so far as to apologize for a June email she sent out urging students not to stereotype police officers.
“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,” she wrote Monday.
The university listed new procedures that will be taking place during the RNC, essentially moving classes and student activities off campus, if not shutting them down altogether.
So, basically a “free” week for students.
But at least there will be some productivity during the semi-shutdown… The university announced it would also provide counseling for students who say they are traumatized by the police presence on campus.
Of course they will, because if you can’t get through to them… indulge them.
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