Administrators at The Evergreen State College have sent an email asking students to stop making vigilante patrols of the campus with bats, batons or other weapons.
A large number of students at Evergreen State received the correspondence on Sunday from Sharon Goodman, the taxpayer-funded school’s director of residential and dining service, reports The College Fix.
“We are aware of a small group of students coordinating a community patrol of housing and campus,” Goodman’s email says. “We acknowledge and understand the fear and concerns that are motivating these actions. We also understand that these students are seeking to provide an alternative source of safety from external entities as well as those community members who they distrust.”
“Some members of this group have been observed carrying batons and/or bats,” the missive explains. “Carrying bats is causing many to feel unsafe and intimidated. The bats must be put away immediately in order to protect all involved. Non-students participating in this activity are advised to leave campus.”
School officials cancelled classes on Thursday, Friday and Monday citing a threat — or threats — of violence. (RELATED: Evergreen State Cancels Classes For Third Day In A Row Following ‘External Threat’)
“Community patrols can be a useful tool for helping people to feel safe, however the use of bats or similar instruments is not productive,” Goodman says in her email.
Goodman also tells students that Evergreen State will sponsor workshops led by “trained restorative justice facilitators” this week — the last week of school for the semester.
According to a second email, from vice president of student affairs Wendy Endress, a student told a professor that the bat-and-baton-wielding students were also carrying at least one Taser.
“Because I had shown some criticism to the protest that was occurring on campus in earlier weeks I have become targeted and harassed by a wide number of students on campus,” the unidentified student told the (also unidentified) professor. “Recently there have been a number of students who patrol lower campus with weapons like baseball bats and tasers who claim to be making the campus safer but in reality are making campus more hostile.”
The Evergreen State campus has been the site of a continuous stream of high-profile protests led largely by radical black students over the last couple weeks. The protesters have centered much of their fury on Bret Weinstein, a biology professor who criticized an organized event “inviting” every white student, professor and administrator to leave campus for a day.