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Some Faculty Oppose URI Move to Arm Campus Cops

School officials said they made the decision after a gun scare last year.

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File photo.
A contingent of University of Rhode Island professors opposes a decision to arm campus police officers.

School officials made the decision after an incident last year where an individual was reported to be armed inside the Chafee Social Science Center. It turned out to be a false alarm; no gun was found.

The university said its unarmed police officers responded to the scene within 40 seconds but had to wait outside for five minutes until armed South Kingstown police officers arrived.  

"While we do not expect all members of the community to be in favor of this decision, it is time to recognize that there is no school, college or university that can consider itself immune to threats or violence," said Christina Valentino, vice president for administration and finance, in a statement.

URI's faculty senate last year voted to keep the campus free of guns, according to the Associated Press. The American Association of University Professors, which represents URI faculty, said it will meet Monday to discuss a vote opposing the the gun program.
Tom Badger May 13, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Gee a 2012 student was just arrested for murder in Canada . He was also a basketball player. There should be open carry on campus .
mike westman May 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM
In all of my blogging days.... Tom Badger....the most absurd and idiotic statement I have ever heard.
Tom Badger May 14, 2014 at 01:52 PM
of course Mike Westman you must be a communist DemocRAT socialist shill who has no clue but "an armed society is a civil society" unless one like you has a say in things . Are you a grad of that 3rd world stinkhole URI ?
mike westman May 14, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Tom...you successfully baited me. Unfortunately I have no more time for your kind of trash. Find some other medium to foul
Tom Badger May 14, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Yup Mike I set out my baited hook . You stupidly bit it and I set the hook so hard your momma felt it . Of course you are a shill for this 3rd world school and I do understand . Now back to the LBGTQ building with yah . What a waste of well over 2 million bucks in taxpayer money on that scam . What does the Q stand for in that new building's name by the way ? lol .

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