College Looking To Kick Occupy Seattle Protesters Off Campus
SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) — Officials at one Seattle college are looking to kick Occupy Seattle protesters off campus.
Protesters set up camp at Seattle Central Community College late last month after city officials told them that they were not allowed to set up tents overnight in a downtown park. College president Paul Killpatrick told CBS Seattle that the protesters are “draining our facilities.”
“There are no other places (for protesters) to clean-up or wash-up,” he said, as the campus is now home to nearly 200 protesters living in some 100 tents.
Killpatrick said that they are working with the assistant attorney general to find ways to deal with the protesters but can’t kick them out because of a legal loophole. There is no state law that bars Occupy Seattle from camping on college campuses.
“Colleges never thought they had to come up with that kind of language.”
The college is also concerned about campus security. Drug paraphernalia has been found and a neo-Nazi group also tried to join the protesters a couple of weeks ago.
“As president, I’m always concerned about the safety of students,” he said, adding “this thing could have flash pointed two weeks ago” when the neo-Nazi group tried to join. Campus security has now been working around-the-clock.
The college meets with the protesters on a weekly basis, but Occupy Seattle said they will be there indefinitely.
Reaction on the campus has been mixed so far. Killpatrick said that some of the students are in favor of the 99 percent, while others just find the protesters disruptive.
CBS Seattle has reached out to Occupy Seattle for comment.