ROTC drills on a North Dakota university campus have one professor so terrified, she has vowed to call 911 every time the drills occur.
English professor Heidi Czerwiec had a letter published in the Grand Forks Herald Sunday where she describes encountering armed Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets and becoming so terrified that she immediately called police.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] I look up from my office computer to see two figures in camo with guns outside my window. My first thought is for my students’ and my safety: I grab my phone, crawl under my desk and call 911. The dispatcher keeps me on the line until someone can see if ROTC is doing maneuvers.
I can barely talk— first, with fear, and then with rage when the dispatcher reports back that yes, in fact, I’ve probably just seen ROTC cadets, though they’re going to send an officer to check because no one has cleared it with them. They thank me for reporting it.
A few minutes later, a university officer calls me back— not to reassure me, but to scold me for calling 911. He says ROTC has permission to do this exercise. When I tell him that this was news to 911 and that they encouraged me to call whenever I see a gun on campus, he seems surprised. [/pullquote]
Army Lt. Col. Clarence Carroll said the training is simulated, with fake guns and no live ammunition.
The professor insists she will call 911 every time a drill is held, because just the sight of all those people in military garb with guns creates a “terrorized environment.”
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