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    Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

    Stories like that one with teacher who was placed on leave over a photo of herself aiming a gun at a inanimate object and this one has to make one wonder if this is a new tactic of anti-American scum.


    FOXNews.com - Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News
    A professor in Connecticut reported one of her students to the police after he gave a class presentation on why students and teachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus. Now, free speech activists say the professor’s actions are what really need to be investigated.

    Last October, John Wahlberg and two classmates at Central Connecticut State University gave an oral presentation for a communications class taught by Professor Paula Anderson. The assignment was to discuss a “relevant issue in the media,” and the students presented their view that the death toll in the April 2007 Virginia Tech shooting massacre would have been lower if professors and students had been carrying guns.

    That night, police called Wahlberg, a 23-year-old senior, and asked him to come to the station. When he arrived, they they read off a list of firearms that were registered in his name and asked where he kept them. Guns are strictly prohibited on the CCSU campus and residence halls, but Wahlberg says he lives 20 miles off-campus and keeps his gun collection locked up in a safe. No further action was taken by police or administrators.

    “I don’t think that Professor Anderson was justified in calling the CCSU police over a clearly non-threatening matter,” Wahlberg told The Recorder, the CCSU student newspaper that first reported the story. “Although the topic of discussion may have made a few individuals uncomfortable, there was no need to label me as a threat.”

    Wahlberg declined to comment further to FOXNews.com, saying he did not want more media attention.

    According to The Recorder, Anderson cited safety as her reason for calling the police.

    “It is also my responsibility as a teacher to protect the well-being of our students, and the campus community at all times,” she told The Recorder. “As such, when deemed necessary because of any perceived risks, I seek guidance and consultation from the Chair of my Department, the Dean and any relevant University officials.”


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    Shibley said FIRE has seen many more cases of hair-trigger responses by administrators over anything gun-related since the Virginia Tech shooting.

    In 2007, Shibley noted, a student at Hamline University in Minnesota was suspended after writing a letter to an administrator arguing that carrying concealed weapons on campus may help prevent tragedies like the one at Virginia Tech. The student was allowed to return only after undergoing a psychological evaluation, he said.

    Shibley also cited an incident at Colorado College last year in which campus administrators denounced a flyer as "threatening and demeaning content" because it mentioned guns. He said the students who produced the flyer were found guilty of violating the school’s violence policy, which was added to their school records.

    “It is, of course, important that administrators identify real threats to students,” Shibley said. “But they need to use logic to discern whether a threat is real.”

    But Jerold Duquette, an associate professor of political science at CCSU who sits on the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Freedom, say the Wahlberg case is not so clear-cut.

    “This is a situation where both sides can come up with a reasonable explanation,” Duquette said.

    “[Wahlberg] certainly has a reason to complain, since he didn’t do anything directly threatening. But I wouldn’t say the administration has a reason to sanction or punish the professor or the police.... I don’t know if I would have done anything differently in the situation.”

    Katie Kasprzak, a spokeswoman for the group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, suggested that the professor called the police because she disagreed with Wahlberg’s political views.

    "Critics of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus argue that colleges and universities are dedicated to the free flow of ideas,” she said. “Yet when a student gives a class presentation on a relevant issue in the media, it is acceptable to label the student as a threat? The only threat posed was a threat to the professor’s personal beliefs.”
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    Re: Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

    The actions of the professor were incorrect.

    I am in favor of some forms of gun control.

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    Re: Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

    The ones who are applying common sense and articulating a reasonable case for legal concealed carry of weapons on campus are not the ones I would be worrying about. The bat **** crazy kids who come to school with a Tech-9 and turn the library into swiss cheese...that's who I'd call the cops on.

    Of course if the kid arguing for CC on campus saw the bat **** crazy kid first...
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    Re: Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

    THis professor is off his rocker. What happened to academic inquiry and freedom?
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    Re: Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

    Should be fired.


    That night, police called Wahlberg, a 23-year-old senior, and asked him to come to the station. When he arrived, they they read off a list of firearms that were registered in his name and asked where he kept them. Guns are strictly prohibited on the CCSU campus and residence halls, but Wahlberg says he lives 20 miles off-campus and keeps his gun collection locked up in a safe. No further action was taken by police or administrators


    Anyone else realize how intrusive and unconstitutional this is?
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    Re: Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

    As PC as it may sound, it appears to me that school and university faculty need to go through some kind of training regarding this bull****. There also needs to some kind of legal penalties when they harrass students, like losing tenure.
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    Re: Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

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    Should be fired.

    Anyone else realize how intrusive and unconstitutional this is?
    And they can't understand why we are against firearm registration.....

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    Re: Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

    Without considering the faulty premise of her assumptions regarding the efficacy of "gun free zones," she acted appropriately.

    For gun free zones to work the police have to be 100% effective in spotting and preventing gun violence.

    But that is an impossibility.

    The professor was helping perpetuate a flawed system.

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    Re: Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

    This just goes to show how irrational and paranoid some people in our society are. Hopefully the professor will be punished appropriately.

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    Re: Professor Takes Heat for Calling Cops on Student Who Discussed Guns in Class

    Did this retard of a teacher not realize that this was a legitimate argument regarding the topic she gave?
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