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Professor Called Police After Student Presentation [re: guns on campus]
The Recorder on line ^ | 2/24/09 | staff writer

Posted on 03/03/2009 8:31:31 AM PST by yankeedame

Professor Called Police After Student Presentation

For CCSU [Cen. Conn. State University] student John Wahlberg, a class presentation on campus violence turned into a confrontation with the campus police due to a complaint by the professor.

On October 3, 2008, Wahlberg and two other classmates prepared to give an oral presentation for a Communication 140 class that was required to discuss a “relevant issue in the media”. Wahlberg and his group chose to discuss school violence due to recent events such as the Virginia Tech shootings that occurred in 2007.

Shortly after his professor, Paula Anderson, filed a complaint with the CCSU Police against her student. During the presentation Wahlberg made the point that if students were permitted to conceal carry guns on campus, the violence could have been stopped earlier in many of these cases. He also touched on the controversial idea of free gun zones on college campuses.

That night at work, Wahlberg received a message stating that the campus police “requested his presence”. Upon entering the police station, the officers began to list off firearms that were registered under his name, and questioned him about where he kept them.

They told Wahlberg that they had received a complaint from his professor that his presentation was making students feel “scared and uncomfortable”.

“I was a bit nervous when I walked into the police station,” Wahlberg said, “but I felt a general sense of disbelief once the officer actually began to list the firearms registered in my name. I was never worried however, because as a law-abiding gun owner, I have a thorough understanding of state gun laws as well as unwavering safety practices.”

Professor Anderson refused to comment directly on the situation and deferred further comment.

“It is also my responsibility as a teacher to protect the well being of our students, and the campus community at all times,” she wrote in a statement submitted to 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.”

Wahlberg believes that her complaint was filed without good reason.

“I don’t think that Professor Anderson was justified in calling the CCSU police over a clearly nonthreatening matter. Although the topic of discussion may have made a few individuals uncomfortable, there was no need to label me as a threat,” Wahlberg said in response. “The actions of Professor Anderson made me so uncomfortable, that I didn’t attend several classes. The only appropriate action taken by the Professor was to excuse my absences.”

The university police were unavailable for comment.

“If you can’t talk about the Second Amendment, what happened to the First Amendment?” asked Sara Adler, president of the Riflery and Marksmanship club on campus. “After all, a university campus is a place for the free and open exchange of ideas.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: banglist; thefiredotorg
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1 posted on 03/03/2009 8:31:31 AM PST by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame

After all, a university campus is a place for the free and open exchange of ideas....

Only if they are socialistic, communistic or liberal ideas.


2 posted on 03/03/2009 8:34:53 AM PST by Hang'emAll
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To: yankeedame
“After all, a university campus is a place for the free and open exchange of ideas.”

It hasn't been that way for a long, long time, kiddo.

3 posted on 03/03/2009 8:34:54 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: yankeedame

Ah yes, the Right not to be made Uncomfortable. I had forgotten about that.


4 posted on 03/03/2009 8:35:11 AM PST by massgopguy (I ostard yet?we everything to George Bailey)
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To: yankeedame

Whalberg needs to file a civil rights suit asking the professor and the college to immediately grant him every degree from an AA to a PhD as teachers tend to make some students nervous and uncomfortable, which in the Obamanation should not be allowed. /snide-off

Frankly he needs to ream the teacher and the dean over the lack of respect for his rights. Maybe the local NRA can have say fifty to sixty people show up to audit every class the teacher holds to monitor how the second amendment rights of students are treated.


5 posted on 03/03/2009 8:35:57 AM PST by pikachu (Don't be dumb -- we have Democrats for that)
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To: yankeedame

Where did the the police get the list of firearms registered in his name?


6 posted on 03/03/2009 8:36:07 AM PST by satan
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To: massgopguy

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of comfortableness!”


7 posted on 03/03/2009 8:36:36 AM PST by Jagman (POTUS Interruptus: The natural way to prevent unwanted stimulus packages!)
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To: yankeedame
"9-1-1, what is your emergency?"

"Help! a student is showing signs of independent thought!!!"

"We'll send a SWAT team right away, ma'am."

8 posted on 03/03/2009 8:36:55 AM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs)
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To: satan

Campus cops at that.


9 posted on 03/03/2009 8:37:19 AM PST by ducdriver (Judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta. (Ps. 42))
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To: massgopguy

Whoa whoa whoa, where did these Rent A Cops get access to his firearms records?


10 posted on 03/03/2009 8:37:27 AM PST by massgopguy (I ostard yet?we everything to George Bailey)
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To: yankeedame
“After all, a university campus is a place for the free and open exchange of ideas.”

True! (But only as long as you agree with your liberal professors and the other sheep undergoing "groupthink".)

Regards,
GtG

11 posted on 03/03/2009 8:37:43 AM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: yankeedame
Riflery and Marksmanship club on campus.

someone tell me what i didn't go to a school that had one of these?
12 posted on 03/03/2009 8:38:38 AM PST by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: yankeedame

Wussifacation of America.


13 posted on 03/03/2009 8:38:54 AM PST by bikerman (Obama lied,the Country died.)
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To: massgopguy
The prof was the uncomfortable one. As a lib, she saw her duty clearly--make the conservative pay.

vaudine

14 posted on 03/03/2009 8:39:08 AM PST by vaudine
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To: Hang'emAll
>After all, a university campus is a place for the free and open exchange of ideas....

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A Double Standard for Campus Free Speech

By Richard L. Cravatts

Mr. Cravatts, Ph.D., director of Boston University’s Program in Publishing at the Center for Professional Education, is currently writing a book about higher education, Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel.


In what is yet more evidence that universities have become, as Abigail Thernstrom has described them, “islands of repression in a sea of freedom,” Toronto’s York University witnessed a near riot of some 100 pro-Palestinian Israel-haters, as police had to be called to usher Jewish students to safety after they had been barricaded inside the Hillel@York offices and were “isolated and threatened” by the physically and verbally aggressive demonstrators. ...

15 posted on 03/03/2009 8:39:09 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: yankeedame

If a student felt the discussion of communism and socialism by the professors is threatening, could they call the campus police?


16 posted on 03/03/2009 8:39:52 AM PST by truthluva ("Character is doing the right thing even when no one is looking"..J.C. Watts)
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To: yankeedame

Sounds like Professor Anderson is paranoic ~ best she be checked into a mental health facility as soon as possible ~ and then chained down before she lashes out again.


17 posted on 03/03/2009 8:40:21 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: massgopguy

Campus police are state sanctioned, sworn officers in many states. That may be the case here, and they would normally have access to that information.


18 posted on 03/03/2009 8:40:45 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: yankeedame

Academic freedom?

SnakeDoc


19 posted on 03/03/2009 8:41:19 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Proud Charter Member of the Republican Resistance.)
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To: yankeedame
This professor is a
Kitty Pictures, Images and Photos
20 posted on 03/03/2009 8:41:43 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: yankeedame

“talking” about guns is hate speech!....................


21 posted on 03/03/2009 8:43:04 AM PST by Red Badger (The Zero has more Chicago Bull than Michael Jordan...................)
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To: yankeedame
I would've felt threatened by the professor and called the police.

She's clearly harassing him and violating his civil rights.

22 posted on 03/03/2009 8:43:56 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: bikerman

“Wussifacation of America.”

I prefer the term “Hippyfication”


23 posted on 03/03/2009 8:45:30 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: yankeedame

Do Professor Anderson’s thuggish actions also make you feel “scared and uncomfortable?” I’m sure she would want to know.

Name: Anderson, Paula
Phone Number: 8322690
Job Title: Lecturer
Department: Communication
Location: R C Vance Acad Ctr 317
Email: andersonpau@ccsu.edu


24 posted on 03/03/2009 8:48:15 AM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: yankeedame
Sorry, a little off topic but.... A few years ago my daughter had to give a “How to...” presentation in her college communications class. She decided to do it on Trap Shooting. (Which she was pretty good at and was in a league.) However; as she was loading her shotgun into the car to take it to school as a prop, I intervened. I had to explain how nervous colleges get these days when somebody is wandering around campus with a shotgun. We settled on a couple of clay pigeons and an umbrella. At the end of her presentation, she offered to take anyone in the class out to the range and show them how. The whole class raised their hands to go. Although the teacher stated that he was very anti-gun, he gave my daughter an “A” because of the class response. (Plus she's cute.)
25 posted on 03/03/2009 8:49:00 AM PST by super7man
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To: yankeedame

-—as corollary to this—

http://www.madison.com/wsj/topstories/440868%E2%80%8F


26 posted on 03/03/2009 8:49:14 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

“I would’ve felt threatened by the professor and called the police.”

BINGO! Under the circumstances presented above, you have the correct and appropriate response.


27 posted on 03/03/2009 8:49:49 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: super7man
Great analysis of the situation. Great solution. As I have mentored the young Marines in my sphere of influence — Now is the time for them to use the brains the good Lord gave them and be very aware and very vigilant. These are dangerous times to bear the burden of defense and protection of the Constitution.

Kudos to you.

28 posted on 03/03/2009 8:51:55 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: yankeedame
Next up...a call to the campus police because the professor's Marxist spew is making the students uncomfortable.
29 posted on 03/03/2009 8:52:25 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: yankeedame

The student’s first amendment rights have been violated. He should sue the professor, university, and campus police. The professor should be fired over this stunt. The university and police department should provide a public apology for this attack on free speech.


30 posted on 03/03/2009 8:58:41 AM PST by businessprofessor
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To: satan

That was my first thought. Rent a cops have access to firearms registries?


31 posted on 03/03/2009 8:59:26 AM PST by doodad
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To: massgopguy

And don’t forget the right not be “offended”. All these “rights” (including abortion) are, of course, explicitly spelled out in the Constitution.


32 posted on 03/03/2009 8:59:40 AM PST by dools007
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To: massgopguy

And don’t forget the right not be “offended”. All these “rights” (including abortion) are, of course, explicitly spelled out in the Constitution.


33 posted on 03/03/2009 8:59:48 AM PST by dools007
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To: yankeedame
Upon entering the police station, the officers began to list off firearms that were registered under his name, and questioned him about where he kept them.

Answer, "None of your damned business and if I'm not under arrest, this inquiry is OVER." Then file a lawsuit against the school, the professor and the police for civil rights violations.
34 posted on 03/03/2009 9:02:24 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: yankeedame

It seems Mr. Walberg violated the other students’ right not to hear or see anything that might make them uncomfortable. I also had no idea that making people feel uncomfortable I wonder what the professor said that prompted the cops to look up his gun registration information. How was it represented that his comments comprised a threat to “the well being of our students, and the campus community” and why she “perceived risks”.


35 posted on 03/03/2009 9:03:52 AM PST by RonF
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To: yankeedame

We need to start using the left wings tactic of “law suit at the drop of a hat” against them.

If we sue any time and every time we can, they will back off. Yes, I realize shysters are drooling at the idea, but we have to use the tools at hand and the only one that seems to work is taking money away from them as often as possible.


36 posted on 03/03/2009 9:05:50 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: bcsco

Believe you me, I work at a university. This is NOT the
case. It is “1984”. I have found myself in the “principles
office” more than once myself over “perceived” offenses.
Gees. Don’t give me that “free and open exchange of ideas”
crap.....


37 posted on 03/03/2009 9:07:42 AM PST by murrie (For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son..........)
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To: yankeedame

John Wahlberg may believe that he “owns” some guns, but some night in the wee hours at about oh-dark-thirty, his doors will come crashing down, and he and his family will be cuffed naked on the floor, as the men in black jumpsuits trash his house.


38 posted on 03/03/2009 9:07:50 AM PST by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: yankeedame
“If you can’t talk about the Second Amendment, what happened to the First Amendment?” asked Sara Adler

Maybe states could start to issue permits to people before they are allowed to speak...

39 posted on 03/03/2009 9:11:33 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: bcsco

>>>>“After all, a university campus is a place for the free and open exchange of ideas.”
>>It hasn’t been that way for a long, long time, kiddo.

True enough, though it seems to me that if colleges are still marketing themselves that way they should be vulnerable to ‘false advertising’ claims. In an ideal world of course.


40 posted on 03/03/2009 9:14:07 AM PST by vikingd00d (chown -R us ./base)
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To: yankeedame
“It is also my responsibility as a teacher to protect the well being of our students, and the campus community at all times,” she wrote in a statement submitted to 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.”

Somebody has been educated WAYYY beyond their intelligence.

41 posted on 03/03/2009 9:14:47 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Anarchy! Coming to a country near you.)
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To: satan; P8riot; doodad
Company Police

The reason I'm aware of this is that Duke University claimed that their police force had no investigative powers and therefore could not check out the claim of rape against three lacrosse players. So Duke turned it over to the Durham PD.
42 posted on 03/03/2009 9:15:47 AM PST by Locomotive Breath
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To: yankeedame
#1. I would find a lwyer who could cobble together a lawsuit.
#2. Upon entering the police station, the officers began to list off firearms that were registered under his name, and questioned him about where he kept them.

???

Who keeps guns that are registered under their real name??

43 posted on 03/03/2009 9:17:24 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: absolootezer0

In 1970 I was on the 8th grade rifle team at my Jr High school. We shot .22’s in the school gymnasium.


44 posted on 03/03/2009 9:27:14 AM PST by tupac
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To: tupac

You’re kidding! Ohmygosh. I can’t imagine. Liberal
heads are doing 360’s....


45 posted on 03/03/2009 9:29:31 AM PST by murrie (For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son..........)
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To: yankeedame
“I was a bit nervous when I walked into the police station,” Wahlberg said, “but I felt a general sense of disbelief once the officer actually began to list the firearms registered in my name. I was never worried however, because as a law-abiding gun owner, I have a thorough understanding of state gun laws as well as unwavering safety practices.”

I guess right there I would have sworn out a complaint against the professor saying that she was making him uncomfortable and threating. I mean she could give him an “F” for nnot agreeing with his presentation. OH, and also she ASK him to do this assignment. So the police and the professor are threatening his 1st & 2nd amendment rights. OH YA sue and ask for an apology.

46 posted on 03/03/2009 9:38:13 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: yankeedame

Completely irrelevant but funny. Line from the new TV series Dollhouse.

Guy handing a gun to Eliza Dushku: “Do you know how to use this thing?”
Eliza Dushku replies: “I have four brothers, none of them Democrats”.


47 posted on 03/03/2009 9:50:48 AM PST by Locomotive Breath
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To: tupac
my father in law used to tell me about carrying his shotgun to school to go hunting afterwards. by the time i was in school, zerotolerance brain policies had been implemented.
48 posted on 03/03/2009 10:00:54 AM PST by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: satan
It is a bit unnerving - when you buy a firearm in CT you do fill out paperwork that goes to the State (in addition to the paperwork that remains with the dealer), and IIRC there are no limitations described on that form as to what may be done with the data.

It would be interesting to find out (through an FOIA action?) all communications between the campus police and the state regarding this matter. Unfortunately, in this Democrat-infested state, it's almost a given that any such action to obtain that kind of information would be doomed to failure, laws or no laws.

A government apparatchik can always find a way to say "No" to the public. Similarly, a government apparatchik can always find a way to say "Yes" to anything that can deprive a citizen of their rights. Still, inquiring minds want to know - Was it handled through some kind of official channel or through a back door? Is firearm registration data considered to be a public record? If not, what are the rules for who may have access and how they may have access, what uses of the data are permissible, etc.

As the "Joe the Plumber" incident illustrated so graphically, you can not trust any government body to keep from misusing data and or government resources to deprive citizens of their rights.

49 posted on 03/03/2009 10:02:20 AM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: murrie; absolootezer0

No one thought anything about it... I would go goose or duck hunting with friends & brother before school and kept a car load of shotguns in the parking lot. Guys would refinish gun stocks in shop class.

Over half the pick ups in town had gun racks in the rear window... Including the first two trucks I had...


50 posted on 03/03/2009 10:03:08 AM PST by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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