Brooklyn College administrators are siding with a radical faction of anti-police students who apparently feel so unsafe at the sight of NYPD officers that they no longer want them to have their choice of on-campus restrooms.
Donald Wenz, the school’s director of public safety, told student newspaper The Excelsior that all cops have now been relegated to doing their business in a remote West End building, the New York Post reported.
“Rather than walking across either quad to use the bathroom,” Wenz explained, police would remain out of sight of students – some of whom were already planning to pass around a petition to ban cops from the campus entirely.
While the school’s solution seems to be something of a compromise, it turns out that the sole bathroom now open to the protectors of the taxpayer-funded institution is beyond run-down.
“The bathroom is horrendous,” a junior named Abe told the newspaper. “You can only wash your hands in one of the sinks because the other two are broken.”
It’s also situated beyond the school’s tennis courts and next to the athletic fields, has a broken toilet with an “Out of Order” sign taped to the stall, and does not appear to have been cleaned in semesters. Students widely reckon that it’s the worst bathroom on campus – and maybe even in the entire City University of New York system, of which Brooklyn College is part.
While some students are happy with the NYPD bathroom ban, others still want to see police removed from the campus entirely. One activist student told The Excelsior that he wants college President Michelle Anderson to take action.
“[W]e do not want the NYPD on campus in any respect even if it’s just to take breaks and use bathroom,” he said.
Another student told the Post: “I know students from every background and across every major. They don’t feel comfortable around cops. They just don’t. It makes safe spaces feel not so safe.”