Although the college first told the Occupy Seattle movement it could use its campus as a home base, excessive costs and reports of vandalism are becoming big problems for Seattle Central Community College.
Community colleges have been fertile breeding grounds for students who want to exercise First Amendment rights
over the years. However, one group in Seattle that is trying to do the same may be overstaying its welcome on a local community college campus. Seattle Central Community College
has become the makeshift campground for the newly formed movement Occupy Seattle. However, after weighing the costs involved with added security and clean-up crews that have become necessary since the group moved in, community college officials are now looking for a way to oust Occupy Seattle from their campus.
Occupy Seattle moved onto the campus of Seattle Central Community College
after they were told by city officials they were not allowed to pitch their tents in a municipal park, according to a report at The Seattle Times
. The community college appeared to be a prime location for the movement, since the school had no rules on the books in regards to camping on campus. A local teachers’ union even invited the movement in and offered them free classes to help expand their cause, according to Seattle Pi.
The publication also reports that officials of the community college were never warm to the idea of allowing members of the movement to set up shop on their grounds and tried to ban the group at first. Without a rule in place to prevent it, however, the response to Occupy Seattle eventually had to be a reluctant “yes.”
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