So, this woman, Heidi Czerwiec, who is an English professor at the University of North Dakota, was at work in her office and she saw two people crossing the sidewalk below in camouflaged uniforms and carrying what looks like a gun. Here, let her tell the story;
I look up from my office computer to see two figures in camo with guns outside my window. My first thought is for my students’ and my safety: I grab my phone, crawl under my desk and call 911. The dispatcher keeps me on the line until someone can see if ROTC is doing maneuvers.
I can barely talk—first, with fear, and then with rage when the dispatcher reports back that yes, in fact, I’ve probably just seen ROTC cadets, though they’re going to send an officer to check because no one has cleared it with them. They thank me for reporting it.
Of course, it’s not going to end there, you know because of triggers and microagressions;
[A university officer] also tells me that ROTC will be doing these exercises for the next couple weeks.
So I reply that I guess I’ll be calling 911 for the next couple weeks—and I will. Every time.
It’s not my job to decide whether people carrying guns at school are an actual threat. It’s my job to teach and to get home to my family.
It’s already highly inappropriate to conduct unnecessary military maneuvers in the middle of the quad. But with school shootings on the increase and tensions at UND running high, it’s especially irresponsible.
I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the first time ever that Czerwiec had seen ROTC cadets on campus. She studied at UNC-Greensboro and at the University of Utah, so I’m sure she’s aware of ROTC, even if she didn’t join in the fun.
According to Campus Reform, UND is going to make a point of telling everyone about the drills on campus, making it a point to personally warn the good professor, but that doesn’t seem to calm her much.
When I taught ROTC, the only things close to weapons that we had were rubber ducks (an inoperable completely rubber M16-looking training aid) for our rope bridge training and some demilitarized M1903s which could not be loaded or fired and were just used for drill and ceremony training.
I hope the University keeps a supply of Depends on hand for the professor.
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