University students demand campus police immediately disarm

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Students at the University of North Carolina at Asheville are calling for campus police to disarm and for all funds meant to go toward purchasing weapons to be reallocated to bolster student mental health services on campus.

The Student Action Coalition held a rally on campus Oct. 16 to make their stipulations known.

“If demands are not met, and negotiations are not made, next steps will be taken,” they said.

“UNCA reinvest weapons money into health and counseling to provide students with more than 10 sessions a semester and more experienced and licensed therapists,” the coalition said.

They also want to see mandatory “de-escalation training for the entire campus including campus police.”

UNCA Police Chief Eric Boyce has said the force has not purchased new weapons in about four years, and “disarming” the officers would free up a meager $3,000, school paper the Blue Banner reported.

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