A police officer who’s also a student at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia, was attending a class Wednesday when the instructor reportedly became uncomfortable with what the officer was carrying according to WALB-TV.
The officer was in full uniform which entailed a firearm.
The instructor asked that the officer be escorted out.
Following the incident, Dr. Thomas Ormond, the school’s interim provost and vice president for academic & student affairs — issued the following statement:
“Darton State College is appreciative for the service of our law enforcement, and welcome them as students on our campus. We have apologized to the officer for our misunderstanding when he attended class on our campus, and we regret this happened. We have met with the faculty and staff involved to reiterate the Georgia Law and Darton Policy.”
That policy, under “Weapons,” states: “Students are prohibited from possession of firearms in or on college property except by law enforcement officers, judges and district attorneys. The possession or use of any other offensive weapons is prohibited.”
Here at Law Officer we believe that while the University may be following their policy, there is no dispute that policy was not written for a uniformed law enforcement officer and while the professor became “uncomfortable” we believe his comfort level would have been very low if an active shooter took aim on his classroom without an officer present.
It’s too bad that common sense didn’t prevail here.
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