Heidi Czerwiec is an associate Professor at the University of North Dakota where she teaches creative writing and literature. She is, like far too many educators across North America, terrified of guns. It doesn't matter whose hands they are in either.
Heidi Czerwiec wrote a letter to the Grand Forks Herald decrying "two figures in camo with guns" outside her office window and detailed her paranoid response.
I look up from my office computer to see two figures in camo with guns outside my window. 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.
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.
Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) may dress in camo but their uniforms quite clearly identify them. Their casual demeanor hold their firearms, specifically that they are NOT pointing them at anyone and shooting people, may be a giveaway but one that the terrified English teacher could not see since she was cowering under her desk at the first glimpse of the "two figures in camo with guns."
ROTC training exercises are commonplace across America, but generally University professors use a tiny bit of common sense before calling the cops in a hysterical panic.
Not so the good associate English teacher. Zero to Panic in world-record time. Not even a calm 911 operator can talk her down from her hysteria.
He also tells me that ROTC will be doing these exercises for the next couple weeks.
So I reply that I guess I'll be calling 911 for the next couple weeks—and I will. Every time.
It's not my job to decide whether people carrying guns at school are an actual threat. It's my job to teach and to get home to my family.
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.
A childish and "irresponsible" response one might say, but then I'm just a writer not an esteemed English professor. She never does clarify why "tensions at UND" are running so high but presumably it's because her budget got cut.
“We’re already under financial and emotional attack. We don’t need to feel under physical attack, too,” she writes, ending her public temper tantrum.
Such is the life of the so-called intellectual elites...
See a gun... Freak Out. It matters not that the gun is in the hands of someone quite responsible. The university person who phoned her back and scolded her was right on target as he or she attempted to inject some common sense into the mewling teacher.
Heidi Czerwiec's temper tantrum reminds me of the drivel spewing from Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette's mouth when extra security was added in the wake of a lone terrorist attack on Canada's Parliament Buildings.
“I’m afraid. I feel uncomfortable,” said Senate Liberal Céline Hervieux-Payette, who has complained to the House of Commons and Senate Speakers’ offices. “I hate to see someone with a machinegun.”
You ditzy old bat.... those armed peace officers are there to keep your pathetic and whiny behind safe.
Just as the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) is on campus training to protect the pathetic mewling crybabies like English professor Heidi Czerwiec.