I am a student at a local college, where recently the administration of the school moved a bench where a lot of students congregate between classes,
they replaced the bench with two plants, placed in the exact same spot and taking up the exact same area that the bench would.
Now moving a bench would seem like a pretty trivial thing to get all bent out of shape about, and it is. But that's not why I am writing this.
I am shocked with what the school did when I decided to bring a folding lawn chair to sit where that bench used to be.
I showed up in the morning, about an hour and a half before my classes started to hang out with friends and finish up some homework. I was sitting in
my chair and security rolled by, I waved at them and they just moved on and kept patrolling.
But when I went to sit in my chair between my 2nd and 3rd class of the day, the same security guard who saw me in the morning came over and told me
that I was "not allowed to sit there" and that I had to pack up my chair and put it in my car or he would write me up and the school would put me on
academic probation... For sitting in a chair...
He said if I had any issues I could take them up with the Provost of the school. So I immediately went to the administrative offices to ask why I was
not allowed to sit in a chair which I brought from home.
I was not allowed to speak to the Provost, but the Dean of Student Affairs tried telling me that by me bringing a chair from home I was somehow
causing a "disruption". And that my bringing the chair constituted an "unauthorized use of school premises" because it was "equipment not provided by,
or designated for use by the school".
I was also told if I wanted to bring my chair in the future I had to fill out a form and request the school grant me permission to do so.
The United States is supposed to be the land of the "free", is it not?
How free are you if you have to ask for permission to sit in a chair you brought from home?
Does anyone else think it's a tad ridiculous for the school to threaten me with academic holds & other disciplinary measures, simply because I brought
a chair to sit on while studying outside between my classes?
edit on 1/9/2013 by ArrowsNV because: spelling & grammar