A uniformed police officer who also happens to be a student at Darton State College was told to be “escorted out” of the classroom, because his gun was making the teacher uncomfortable. The unidentified police officer takes college classes in his spare time at the Albany, Georgia school.
According to WALB, the university issued this public statement:
“Darton State College is appreciative for the service of our law enforcement, and welcome them as students on our campus. We have apologized to the officer for our misunderstanding when he attended class on our campus, and we regret this happened. We have met with the faculty and staff involved to reiterate the Georgia Law and Darton Policy.”
Fox News reported that Darton State College has a no-guns policy for students, but it makes an exception for law enforcement personnel. The policy reads:
“Students are prohibited from possession of firearms in or on college property except by law enforcement officers, judges and district attorneys…The possession or use of any other offensive weapons is prohibited.”
Police officers are usually the exception to any gun policy that a school or business might have. But it seems people’s fear of guns is not just directed toward civilians with guns, but anyone who has a gun. Even a uniformed cop.
Fox News pointed out why an armed cop in one of Darton’s classrooms might actually be a good idea:
An armed law enforcement presence might not be the worst idea at Darton, where last June, an armed robbery took place. In that case, two 18-year-old men and a juvenile were arrested after meeting a victim on the campus to buy sneakers. The trio allegedly robbed the victim at gunpoint of three pairs of shoes and the keys to his truck. None of the people involved attended the school.
“I find it a bit disturbing that someone would object to having an armed law enforcement officer in the classroom,” said Tim Reichert, spokesman for the Southern States Police Benevolent Association. “Much less, the very professor teaching the class.
While having a cop as a student can be a good thing, allowing concealed carry on college campuses would go even further in fighting and preventing crime.