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.
For more on this story, click the "read more" button below.
If you would like to receive Breaking News text alerts on a smartphone or tablet, download the DML APP which is completely FREE and easy to use. Go to the Google Play Store or the IOS App Store and search for DML APP. Be sure to keep the app’s notifications setting on. Another way to receive alerts is to text to 40404 the following message: follow @realdennislynch (be sure to put a space between the word follow and the @ symbol).
To see more stories like this, sign up below for Dennis Michael Lynch’s email newsletter.
Sign up to get breaking news alerts from Dennis Michael Lynch.
Woman sparks wedding brawl after seeing lover with another woman