Reminder: college is gun-free zone
By Brendan Myrick - Staff Reporter
A student was caught carrying a concealed weapon at Highline recently, prompting Public Safety Director David Menke to remind students that Highline is a gun free zone. If you are caught with a firearm, you could face serious sanctions.
Even though carrying on campus is prohibited, students who have a concealed weapons permit are allowed to leave their firearm locked in their car. According to state law, students can carry pepper spray on campus for self-defense.
"The only groups allowed to carry firearms are law enforcement officers and authorized contractors performing work for the college," according to Washington Administrative Code 132i. "Any person who desires to bring a weapon on college property must seek and receive prior written approval from the vice president of administration or his or her designee."
Currently, the Board of Trustees doesn't allow Public Safety officers to carry firearms, only non-lethal weapons.
"[Firearms] could be authorized by the Board of Trustees in the future, but there is no talk of it happening," Menke said.
As of 2017 not a single two-year college in Washington allows their officers to carry firearms.
"Only officers at four-year universities are authorized to carry a sidearm," Sergeant George Curtis said.
Let's be blunt
Getting busted for a drug crime can cost you your federal financial aid.
Student passes out in North Parking Lot
An older student was found unconscious in the North Parking Lot on April 13 by Public Safety. Reports were that the individual tripped and fell, hitting their head on the pavement.
The student was then transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
A 1997 Honda Civic was stolen in the South Lot on April 13 at 1:20 p.m. Des Moines Police showed up on scene and took a report. It is unknown if the vehicle was ever found.
Public Safety advises students with a 1990 to early 2000 Honda Civic or Accord models to purchase a wheel lock because those cars are easy money makers for thieves.
Some Honda models have few universal keys, making those cars very accessible too.
An epic epi-flub
A nursing student accidently injected himself at 9:10 a.m. on April 14 with a real epi-pen in class when he intended to use a prop.
A medical call was placed and the student was checked out by medics. The individual did not suffer from any complications and made a full recovery, according to Public Safety.
Way too buzzed
An intoxicated male was found by Public Safety locked out of his vehicle in the South Lot on April 14 at 6 a.m. Des Moines Police responded and the man cooperated with authorities. The man said he was having a dispute with a roommate and he was trying to get away. Des Moines Police offered to drive the man home, but he declined and a friend of the man picked him up. The man was not indicted by police.
Write with power and precision
The Writing Center wants to help you learn how to write in your own way effectively.
Today is their last workshop of the week, it will be from 11 a.m. to noon. The event will have hands-on activities and one-on-one time with tutors to explore the writing process.
The Writing Center will also offer sign-up sheets for future tutoring sessions with one of their tutors along with information with up and coming workshops.
Young poets comes to speak
Highline hosts an open mic event followed by a poetry reading from Angel Gardener, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate.
Gardener has written poetry based off of her life and life events. Being in the foster care system since the age of five and moving from more than 30 placement homes she has much to tell. At the age of nineteen Gardener is representing Seattle as the city’s Youth Poet Laureate.
The open mic will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon and then Gardener will read and answer questions from noon to 1 p.m. in the Inter-Cultural Center, Building 8 Room 204.