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Binghamton Students Demand ‘Safe’ Rides Home at Night After School Defunds Police

Binghamton Students Demand ‘Safe’ Rides Home at Night After School Defunds Police

“students will be forced to walk alone after that time, potentially putting themselves in danger”

Why do the students feel unsafe? They said they didn’t want or need police. What’s the problem?

Campus Reform reports:

Students demand university offer ‘safe’ rides home at night after defunding police

Binghamton University announced in June that they are reallocating a portion of the campus police department’s budget to other campus services such as “mental health.” Just two months later, students are now petitioning the university to provide them with car rides home at night to make them “feel safe.”

Specifically, students at Binghamton are calling for the school to resume its “Safe Ride” program.

Safe Ride is a form of on-campus transportation provided by the university from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the school year. If students feel unsafe walking on the campus between these hours, they can call this service and be driven to their destination.

The program is run by the Binghamton’s Transportation and Parking Services, but it was not scheduled to operate this fall because of coronavirus safety concerns. The university stated that “the size of the vehicles does not allow for social distancing, creating a risk to student drivers.”

Instead, students were encouraged to use the walking escort service offered by the University Police if they feel unsafe on the campus.

In response to safety concerns, more than 500 students signed a petition calling for Binghamton to “resume its Safe Ride service.”

While students have an on-campus shuttle service available to them until 1 a.m., the petition states that “students will be forced to walk alone after that time, potentially putting themselves in danger simply for trying to get home.” The petition claims that Binghamton’s “administrative negligence is rampant,” making references to rising concerns about sexual assault on the campus.

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To Do List for the “woke” students:
1. Raise hell, smash things.
2. Get the police defunded.
3. Complain that you don’t feel safe without the police.
4. Call up somebody who cares.

IneedAhaircut | August 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm

If you don’t feel safe walking alone on campus late at night, then don’t walk alone late at night. Take some responsibility for your own actions and learn how to take care of yourself.

    ConradCA in reply to IneedAhaircut. | August 18, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Doesn’t eliminating to police make it safer for the students, especially for the minorities? It makes it safer for the criminals.

Major fallacy here. What makes you think these are the same students who demanded less police?

    OldProf2 in reply to Milhouse. | August 17, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Millhouse is right. A vocal minority gets the wimpy administrators to go along with their “demands,” then all of the students have to live with the results.

    If the administrators had some backbone and really valued the students’ welfare, they would explain to the vocal minority that the students are not running the school.

      Milhouse in reply to OldProf2. | August 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Exactly. Supposing I were young enough and foolish enough to be a student at a university today, I would be very upset if law enforcement on campus were being hindered, and would complain in just such a manner.

      Then again, I have never understood why so many universities have their own “police” instead of relying on the real police like the rest of us do.

        (Unintentional down vote) Maybe that wanted their own police because they had peered into the future and seen the “real police” of Portland?

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