A professor at the University of North Dakota, Heidi Czerwiec, recently suffered through a harrowing experience. Seeing two young men wearing camo and carrying guns on the university quad, she dived under her desk and called 911.
You guys are too quick; you know the punchline. The college guys were not representatives of ISIS, nor from any law enforcement agency, nor stray hunters of grouse or pheasant who made a wrong turn. They were from the campus ROTC unit.
Ms. Czerwiec’s bosses were not pleased with the overreaction and likely even were less so when she fired off a letter to the editor of the Grand Forks Herald. Told that scheduled ROTC drills would continue over the objection of special snowflake poets who teach English, she huffed:
“I guess I’ll be calling 911 for the next couple weeks – and I will. Every time. It’s not my job to decide whether people carrying guns at school are an actual threat. It’s my job to teach and to get home to my family.
“It’s already highly inappropriate to conduct unnecessary military maneuvers in the middle of the quad. But with school shootings on the increase and tensions at UND running high, it’s especially irresponsible. We’re already under financial and emotional attack. We don’t need to feel under physical attack, too.”
Geez, and I thought the biggest problems up there were the price of shale oil and the possibility of freezing to death. Now I’ve got to add college professors who double down on stupid. Ms. Czerwiec will be heartened to know that North Dakota does not allow concealed carry on campuses. But there is an exception — if the weapon is in a locked vehicle. Hope one doesn’t jump out and scare her to death.