Welcome to The New Normal (“You Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated”) [Updated]

Readers of this blog know that I’ve been running a series of events on law enforcement issues at Felician. Here’s an event I didn’t run:

12:28 pm: Due to the receipt of an alleged, anonymous threat of a shooting on the Rutherford Campus Residence Halls have been secured. -more

12:29 pm: Police and extra security in place. Classes continue, buses run. We’ll keep you apprised. Carry your ID.

2:28 pm:  If you receive any calls from media sources, please refer them to me at my extension that is  listed below.  If you have additional questions or concerns please contact your dean or Vice President.

9:07 pm: Felician took immediate action in consultation with law enforcement. Classes are in session, campus is open.

Oh, but if we were all toting our Glocks to class, this would have worked out perfectly.

What’s that phrase again? “A hostile work environment”? And I thought I left that behind in Abu Dis!

Update: December 11, 2016:

Dec. 9, 4:49 pm

Dear Felician community,

An altercation that occurred in one of the residence halls on Wednesday night was the impetus for the anonymous threat to the campus we received Thursday morning. As soon as we learned of the threat, we followed our emergency protocol, increased campus security and notified local law enforcement. By Thursday afternoon we had identified the students involved and took appropriate disciplinary action, including separating them from the campus.

We remain vigilant to ensure the safety of students, staff and faculty. The residence halls are open only to students who present valid Felician identification.

At least one of the “students involved” was in one of my critical thinking classes. Oh, the irony.

They’re over eighteen–they won’t be doing any time.

Update: December 12, 2016: “Come out and pay…” Bonus insight: What happened here on campus almost literally plays out the scenario that Ayn Rand uses as a counter-example to anarcho-capitalism in her essay, “The Nature of Government.”

5 thoughts on “Welcome to The New Normal (“You Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated”) [Updated]

  1. We’ve got very permissive gun laws here in Texas. Here’s what I received this evening:

    Crime alert for Dec. 8, 2016: Two students robbed at gunpoint

    Two students were robbed at gunpoint around 8:20 p.m. while walking in front of Tudor Fieldhouse. The suspect approached them from behind, pulled out a black handgun and demanded their purses. He grabbed their purses and got into the passenger side of a dark gray SUV parked along Loop Road. He told the driver to go, and the card headed east on Loop Road toward Main Street. The students were not injured. The suspect was described as a slender black male, about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing a dark-color bandana over his face, a Rice jacket with a zipper and a skullcap with a Rice emblem on the the front. A description of the driver is not available. Anyone with information about this incident should call RUPD at 713-348-6000.

    Rice University Police Department

    The “Tudor Fieldhouse” is the basketball gym right next to the lot I park in.

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      • Kind of a low blow to be robbing Rice students while wearing Rice regalia.

        Yes, “this” would not have happened if the ladies had been packing heat. What would have happened is that they’d have been robbed of the contents of their purses plus two handguns, both of which would now be on the street.

        Just finished teaching gun control in one of my classes, ironically enough.

        Oh, by the way: did you know that academics don’t live “in the real world” like everybody else? We live in an “ivory tower, insulated from reality,” where things are peachy keen all the time.


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