A longtime police station located in a Harvard University residence hall is now closed due to students and faculty feeling it was both “violent” and “intimidating.”
The campaign to remove the hall, which for 17 years served at Harvard’s Mather House, succeeded with a wide variety of complaints ranging from comical to absurd.
Faith Woods, a student at the university, explained to the campus newspaper that she felt “watched and policed,” and then added that having a police car outside the residence hall doesn’t result in a “sense of safety.” Fellow scholar Eleanor Taylor told the paper that the substation was a “violent, visual intimidation tactic.”
Several complaints, including one made by Taylor, centered around having armed police officers eat lunch in the dining hall. Seriously. The future leader said the presence of officers while students dined made many feel “uncomfortable.”
But that’s no longer an issue since the officers were banned from eating in the dining hall when classes resumed last fall. However, that was not enough to satisfy the residents.
Mather House resident Kai D. DeJesus praised the closing of the police substation as a “really good first step” before stressing the importance of keeping “these violent institutions” out of residence halls. DeJesus, who will undoubtedly be a professor soon, added that real justice will only come when HUPD is “abolished.”
Defund the police. Where have we heard this before?
It’s revealing to compare the response of our best and brightest Ivy League students with the widely-praised actions of some Temple University parents. In response to skyrocketing violent crime and the murder of a Temple student in November, parents banded together to pay for private security patrols near student housing at the Philadelphia campus.
Apparently the Ivy League needs no such protection.
Harvard police say the closure will not affect the Department’s ability to make a timely and effective response to emergency calls. A spokesman confirms the move is a direct result of student complaints as well as how much officers used the substation.
Three other police substations remain on the Harvard campus, though none are in residence halls. Not to worry, help is now only seven minutes away from the woke and now vulnerable mob at Mather House. Here’s hoping it is not needed.