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Cleveland College Students 'Traumatized' by RNC Cops Staying in Their Dorms

Any event like the Republican National Convention requires a great deal of security. There are so many high-profile personalities, for one thing. For another, it’s just too high-profile an event to not have a lot of security.

With needs like that, it’s unsurprising that police have been brought in from out of town. Those officers are being housed at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Apparently, the special snowflakes who go to school there got a case of the vapors just thinking about the boys in blue being so near:

The students were incensed that school officials had agreed to allow police officers imported to maintain order during the convention to stay in campus housing. More than 300 [students] signed an online petition demanding that, among other things, the “riot police” store their weapons off-campus between shifts, restrict themselves exclusively to the residence halls, and abide by university rules regarding anti-discrimination and sexual harassment.

Some students even asked to be moved to alternative housing for the week, saying the increased police presence caused them to “fear for their safety” following the shooting deaths of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

I am scared and concerned for students of color, queer* and trans* students and all university community members at the mercy of an arbitrarily expanded police force without clear oversight or attachment to the community,” wrote one petitioner, Shannon Groll. “Please, protect CWRU as a safe space for all bodies.”

“I am deeply troubled by the presence — even temporarily — of a militarized police force on the CWRU campus,” wrote Keith Fitch. “The number one priority for an educational institution is to guarantee a safe environment for its students, faculty, and staff.”

Let me be blunt here: These students are not concerned about anyone’s safety.

Besides the obvious grandstanding taking place in the name of progressive ideology, the only concerns these students have revolve around getting caught doing the illegal crap college kids are known for doing in dorms.

Think about it.

These students are using progressive rhetoric to claim they are threatened and traumatized by the police presence, and even to claim that LGBT students are threatened.

While the threat to black students from police has been horribly overstated by the media, one might forgive them for being concerned. But LGBT students?

Were police accused of gunning down a trans person for being trans lately? Or for killing any gays?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

If these students are traumatized by anything, it’s that they’re going to college in Cleveland. They’re worried that officers will smell their pot. Or catch the underage students drinking.

The student activists are trying to dress this up to force the administration’s hand, but let’s not sugarcoat it: these crybullies are just being crybullies, as usual, with no valid reason.