PSafe Cameras Elicit Blunt Student Reaction on April 20
Public Safety (PSafe) officers were out on Foss Hill on Friday, April 20, where they videotaped students smoking marijuana and confiscated some drug paraphernalia from students. Director of PSafe Dave Meyer said that PSafe will use the footage to identify students engaging in drug use and send them to the Student Judicial Board.
“With that many people [out on the hill], pictures are a way of identifying people,” Meyer said. “We [also] took pictures of people as we took pot away from them.”
Meyer said that, although many people were out on the hill around 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon, he noted that many of them were not engaging in drug use and were just outside enjoying the weather.
“I don’t think there were as many people for 4/20 as possible, and many people were just enjoying the afternoon,” he said. “There was not as much marijuana use as we had in the past.”
While some students argued with PSafe officers that this videotaping was against their legal rights, Meyer said that, because the students were in public, it was within their bounds. Meyer said that PSafe will continue using cameras to identify students engaging in illegal activities, especially during upcoming events such as Tour de Franzia.