Mount Holyoke College is on a crusade against law enforcement officers.
Students at the women’s college in Massachusetts are targeting longtime campus police chief Daniel Hect because he liked tweets from President Donald J. Trump and the National Rifle Association. Wednesday, the college caved to the students’ pressure and placed Hect on administrative leave. As a daughter of a retired police officer myself, I find this treatment of a public servant to be unsettling and vile.
But it won’t stop there. Leftist activists showcased flyers on campus to warn students of police presence, which they claim puts minorities at danger. The Western Massachusetts Police Academy hosted their graduation at Mount Holyoke on Friday, which students greeted with a sign reading, “F*** COPS.”
“Our administration is welcoming a large number of armed individuals from a known paramilitary organization with a documented history of white supremacist and patriarchal violence (THE POLICE) to move freely around Mount Holyoke, making campus essentially unsafe(er) for Black women, women of color, Black queer and trans folks, queer and trans folks of color, non-Black/POC queer & trans folks, undocumented folks, and disabled folks,” the flyers read.
As a women’s college, Mount Holyoke is an easy target for predators. Yet, these leftist students reject the presence of campus police who deter predators from attacking women on campus. The activists explain in their flyer that they do have minority women. If they want to protect minority women on campus from hate crimes they fear exist, then they should consider working with the police, not working against them. Campus police are there for a reason and degrading their existence will only put students in danger.
There have been five rapes, eighteen burglaries, and an arson case on Mount Holyoke’s campus in the past two years alone. For a small women’s college, those numbers are frightening, and campus police are the ones who respond to these incidents and help the victims. To directly target the same people who help their vulnerable peers is embarrassing and wrong. Who do these ladies expect to show up when they call 911 because a man broke into their campus apartment or dorm? When a man has followed them many blocks and onto campus? It will always be the police rushing to their aid and offering immediate help. Mount Holyoke College campus police have had no major scandals and do not deserve the hate they are being subjected to. Law enforcement officers lay their lives down on the line for us. They should be respected and appreciated, not protested and degraded.
Not only is their statement full of anti-police rhetoric, but it also contains plenty of anti-gun rhetoric too. Gun rights are women’s rights, and if these students want to advocate for the safety of minority women on campus, they should advocate for their right to defend themselves, not attack the ones who give them protection. If these women are so scared for their minority friends, peers, and staff being subjected to hate crimes, then why not advocate for campus carry and support self-defense?
These women on campus are so comfortable in their bubble of safety brought to them by campus police that they have no idea the horrific things they might be subjected to without them. If these women truly cared about the safety of minority women on campus, they would not be advocating to put them in the front lines of harm.
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