UND prof. calls 911 over unloaded rifles used by ROTC, threatens more calls

prof-czerwiec1File this under “Educated Idiots Posing as Educators.”  On Tuesday, Campus Reform reported that Heidi Czerwiec, a professor at the University of North Dakota (UND), went ballistic when she saw two ROTC cadets with rifles on their way to a routine exercise.

“I look up from my office computer to see two figures in camo with guns outside my window,” she wrote in a letter to the Grand Forks Herald. “My first thought is for my students’ and my safety: I grab my phone, crawl under my desk and call 911. The dispatcher keeps me on the line until someone can see if ROTC is doing maneuvers.”

That’s right — she called 911, even though there was no threat.  Just the mere presence of a — drum roll, please — GUN. (Cue melodramatic music)

Campus Reform added:

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The dispatcher confirmed with Czerwiec that she had likely just seen a standard training exercise. Rather than responding with relief, however, Czerwiec wrote that she reacted with “fear” and “rage” because the university had the audacity to allow such an outrage to occur.

“I can barely talk—first, with fear, and then with rage when the dispatcher reports back that yes, in fact, I’ve probably just seen ROTC cadets, though they’re going to send an officer to check because no one has cleared it with them. They thank me for reporting it,” she said.

She then explained that a university police officer called to tell her that ROTC has permission to conduct practice drills on campus.

But that wasn’t enough.

“A few minutes later, a university officer calls me back—not to reassure me, but to scold me for calling 911. He says ROTC has permission to do this exercise. When I tell him that this was news to 911 and that they encouraged me to call whenever I see a gun on campus, he seems surprised,” she added.

She then said she would repeatedly call 911 every time she sees the cadets with their rifles — which, by the way, for those not familiar with ROTC, are often modified so they cannot be fired, although that is not a hard, fast rule.

“So I reply that I guess I’ll be calling 911 for the next couple weeks—and I will. Every time,” she said. “It’s already highly inappropriate to conduct unnecessary military maneuvers in the middle of the quad. But with school shootings on the increase and tensions at UND running high, it’s especially irresponsible.”

I think that’s covered under “liberalism.”


Actually, she needs to be charged.  According to North Dakota law, she can be imprisoned not more than 1 year and fined not more than $2,000.

Maybe after she spends a couple years in jail and has to fork out a few thousand dollars, she’ll learn to live with ROTC cadets marching while carrying unloaded ceremonial rifles.

But being a liberal college professor, she probably won’t.

The campus, however, has said that it would send out a campus-wide notification, going so far as to personally notify Czerwiec.

“We did send an email notifying all students, faculty and staff that ROTC would be holding exercises throughout the spring in the Quad portion of campus. But we recognize that the notification wasn’t sufficient,” UND spokesmen Peter Johnson said. “We provide a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff but in this instance we could have done a better job of helping students and employees know that this was a safe training exercise.”

And we wonder why students today are functionally illiterate…


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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