Not only that, but what "rights" does a university, in a "free" country, have to refuse to allow its resoucres and bldg be co-opted by someone that could not prove they paid for them??
Going back and reading thu the thread (ouch
) and it seems to me that several false premises have been extended.
The student in question, by failing to provide proof that he was in fact a student there--was "stealing" resoures that OTHER people had paid for.
Its like a host of other things--decent hard-working people have to pay MORE for goods and services to make up for what theives, chislers, and cheats steal.
If the kid could not prove he was a student there--then he should have left and come back with his ID.
Not a big deal, you go home, get your wallet, have buddy bring it down etc.
2nd by causeing such chaos, he made people frightened---and when people get scared they sometime take direct action.
Scare people with tasers and they are apt to use them--duh.
Another factor to consider is that the campus cops/LEO are there to protect other people--such as the OTHER students.
You got a guy going wild over a simple matter of showing a student ID and you have to wonder what else he might be capable of.
The LEO's are in a seriously bad spot--if they do nothing and someone gets hurt, then or later--then they get sued for failing to stop a clearly unhinged person.
What if people had been hurt in the riot the kid was trying to cause?
Whom would we be blaming about THAT?
I have to say that I weep for the loss of personal responsibilty these days.
To me this a a clear-cut case of "stupid" aggravated by a case of "spoiled rotten" with a side of "petulent youngster with a bad attitude."
Rather than lionizing the kid for being being some sort of protester, he should be admonished for wasteing everyones time with a non-problem.
Oh, and someone needs to slowly and precisely explain to some folks that "passive resistance" does NOT involve "inciteing a riot."