State col­lege shuts down over ‘di­rect threat to cam­pus safety’

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Brad­ford Richard­son

Ever­green State Col­lege in Olympia was closed Thurs­day af­ter the ad­min­is­tra­tion said it had re­ceived a “di­rect threat to cam­pus safety.”

“In re­sponse to a di­rect threat to cam­pus safety, the col­lege is clos­ing im­me­di­ately for the day,” the ad­min­is­tra­tion said on the col­lege’s web­site. “All are asked to leave cam­pus or re­turn to res­i­dence halls for in­struc­tions.”

The na­ture of the threat was not yet known.

Ever­green has been mired in protests af­ter bi­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor Bret We­in­stein said he would not par­tic­i­pate in a “Day of Ab­sence” in which white stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff were asked to leave cam­pus for a day.

His emails crit­i­ciz­ing that event, and oth­ers ques­tion­ing a pro­posed reg­u­la­tion to in­crease the role of race in fac­ulty hir­ing, be­came public and prompted about 50 stu­dents to sur­round his class­room and shout him down May 23. They ac­cused him of racism and de­mand his res­ig­na­tion.

When stu­dents were con­fronted by cam­pus po­lice later that day, they bar­ri­caded them­selves in the school li­brary and is­sued de­mands of the ad­min­is­tra­tion. They al­lege the cam­pus is a hot­bed of racism and trans­pho­bia, point­ing to past al­ter­ca­tions be­tween mi­nor­ity stu­dents and cam­pus po­lice.

Mr. We­in­stein, who was ad­vised by cam­pus po­lice to teach off cam­pus last week out of fear for his safety, said the stu­dents have threat­ened vi­o­lence if their de­mands are not met.

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