SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – Despite accusations of Occupy Seattle protestors smoking marijuana and drinking outside a playground connected to the daycare of the movement’s new demonstration site, the movement will be staying at the local community college campus.
Security has been increased since Occupy Seattle made the move to Seattle Central Community College on Saturday, but the onus has been placed on teachers at the campus’s daycare for determining whether to let students go outside amid accusations of alcohol and marijuana usage. KIRO TV reports that some parents of the students at the daycare are growing increasingly concerned with their children being exposed to the protestors and some of the activities they’ve been accused of participating in.
“I found beer cans laying on the floor and (smelled) weed, and on top of that, you don’t know who’s out there,” one parent told KIRO TV.
But SCCC President Paul Killpatrick remains adamant in stating that the college is protecting the children, telling CBS Seattle that a chain-linked fence standing between 6 feet and 7 feet separates the daycare from the protestors. Killpatrick went on to say that the children are supervised at all times, touting a one-to-six teacher-to-student ratio. Both the college and Occupy Seattle have placed tarps around the playground fence to act as a barricade between the protestors and the daycare children. Killpatrick said the campus maintains a no drug and alcohol policy for anyone who steps foot on the campus and that also applies to the Occupiers.
The accusations surrounding the events happening at Occupy Seattle’s new home comes less than a week after the movement made the move to SCCC. As previously reported,Seattle Police evicted the Seattle Occupiers from its main protesting site at Westlake Park due to overnight camping being prohibited. The SCCC encampment even featured several teach-ins last weekend, SCCC professors lending their support by teaching the current and past issues of social movements and protests.
Messages left by CBS Seattle for Occupy Seattle were not immediately returned.