Skip to comments.Pa. College Professor Arrested at Schiavo Hospice
Posted on 03/29/2005 8:07:57 PM PST by Palladin
A professor at a Bible college near Scranton, Pa., was arrested Tuesday as he tried to storm into the hospice caring for Terri Schiavo.
Dow Pursley, 56, was zapped with a Taser stun gun and tackled to the ground by officers before he reached the door, Pinellas Park police said. He became the 47th protester arrested.
Pursley, who is on the faculty of the Baptist Bible College & Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pa., had two bottles of water with him, police said. He was charged with attempted burglary and resisting arrest.
Baptist Bible College officials said in a written statement that Pursley was not acting on the school's behalf and had traveled to Florida on his personal time.
"He is a dedicated man with strong beliefs and God-given convictions," the statement said.
Pursley is the clinical director of counseling programs for the theological college's graduate school. He also helps oversee a campus clinic that offers psychological counseling based on biblical teaching.
Baptist Bible College spokesman Mark Robbins said that while the college "believes in the sanctity of life," it has not taken an official position on the Schiavo case.
Doctors said that Schiavo, 41, would probably die within a week or two after the tube was removed on March 18. She suffered catastrophic brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped for several minutes because of a chemical imbalance.
He got himself arrested.
He tried. God bless him, and protect him.
Tasers do avoid unnecessary carnage.
Enjoy Judgment Day.
Good intent, but I have to wonder if we aren't getting beyond a point of no return. By now her organs must be starting to shut down. Damage is being done that cannot be undone by water and food.
I'm disappointed and heartbroken by all this, but I think it is over.
Yeah, he tried to rob death ... the scoundrel...
Apparently, he was there to commit the crime of providing water to a fellow human being dying of thirst...
Didn't the family request that this not be done any more, that the vigil remain peaceful? If so, their wishes should be followed.
He just has to keep quiet about what he was being disobedient about.
I understand how everyone is focusing on Teri and making their statements by protesting and trying to storm the building. But how many other people at this moment are suffering her same fate in the countless hospices around the country? I haven't heard or read any numbers on this. Just because there's no cameras I'm sure there are others who could use a voice on their behalf.
I am truly disgusted at the attempted burglary charge. What a load of horse manure. He should fight this and sue the police for false arrest on a trumped up charge.
"As he tried to storm into the Hospice caring for Terri Schiavo."
Caring for her????????
Surely, there should be a criminal investigation of this whole affair!!!!!!!!!!!
He was armed with two very dangerous water bottles. I'm surprised there is not a charge enhancement for that.
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