Virginia State University – Charlottesville campus this time in the news this month
On October 14, Virginia State University Petersburg campus issued a lockdown order that lasted four hours. On its final day of Homecoming, police were called out to what the termed an “isolated” incident where a man who was not a VSU student was transported to the hospital for non-threatening gunshot wound.
On October 20, the campus again had police called out for a second shooting in less than week on Virginia State University campus around 11pm which had the campus on lockdown for a couple of hours. This man also sustained a gunshot wound. The difference this time is that media reported a crowd of approximately 200 people was dispersed by police after the shooting. There was no word why the group had gathered. A Petersburg man was arrested and charged October 24 in connection to the shooting. Police again listed this as a “random” shooting and not related to the prior incident. The curious question was why so many people had to be dispersed from the area. This happened in the late Thursday night hours into Friday morning. Since when do that many college students roam campus at that time of night on a week night? Oh, the one arrested by the way was according to the wording of the news report only One of the suspects they were looking for. How is this a “random event”?
Virginia State University has implemented new security measures in the wake of the two campus shootings. Campus officials announced they will hire 10 more officers to patrol campus. Other security measures include: collaborative patrols with the Chesterfield Police Department; additional lighting and security cameras; plain clothes undercover police and K9 operations; and zero tolerance crime enforcement.
Let’s not forget it was barely two months since the Charlottesville Campus had a violent clash where three people died and about 35 were injured in a day of violence that began with clashes at a white nationalist rally. Governor McAuliffe was quoted as saying “You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot.” MSM picked up his comment and ran with it.
Donald Trump was raked over the coals for even the suggestion that the fault lay on all sides of the equation even though those on the alt-right had a legitimate permit (so ordered by a judge) and the alt-left did not. On August 12 around noon he tweeted, “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!” but apparently no one chose to publish that much on MSM.
So why did the President of Virginia State University, Makola M. Abdullah, wait so long to provide new security measures for all the campuses? He took over as President in February 2016 but given the unrest across the country at universities, one would have thought before the Spring sessions ended, he would have already implemented stricter safeguards. Then with the incident in Charlottesville, surely would that have not been the time to set such measures in play? Now in the latest incident, we have a campus where so many students congregate around midnight and in the middle of their congregation there appears to be a shooting that labeled “random” has some peculiarities, how is that reasonable security?
His platform on entering the position according to the VSU biographical profile was providing a transformative experience for students, strategically investing in academic programs, partnering with others as a university to tell the VSU story, embracing the University’s Land Grant Mission and embracing VSU’s role as Virginia’s Opportunity University. To that end he did receive recognition and high praise from Essence Magazine, Governor McAuliffe. and others. He is an internationally renowned educator recognized for outstanding research. Yet, for someone so well received, he had apparently not implemented measures for safety and security?
I am not downing him or his achievements. My only purpose in mentioning this is that his isn’t the only university or college campus currently seeing upheaval and problems with childish behavior or indoctrination of socialist ideas instead of doing what is important — providing well-rounded student education which provides life skills and career-based knowledge for entering a workforce which is free of political agendas. Nor is this campus the only one that should already have moved to make the campus more safe and secure.
Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more incidents where conservative students are feeling threatened or classes are not following course requirement needs. We are hearing about more violence from leftist groups instead of accolades for excellence. We are seeing more students interviewed who have no idea of what is the difference between fact and propaganda. Freedom of speech and rights of all students are infringed upon often violently by the very ones who teach as well as those who are radicalized. College norm has now become stricter campus enforcement rather than education. Where will it all end?
The future of campus life is seriously in trouble not just from an enforcement standpoint but also educating our young adults to become viable members of society. Suddenly online courses make more sense just as home-schooling children has become more important given all the headlines of today. That leaves higher education colleges and universities sadly lacking and expensively overrated.