Reported quote from the incident report: “Wesleyan student removed from the 6th floor for riding the dinosaur.”
If you’ve recently braved the chilly wintry air to get a snack from Weshop before commencing your diligent studies, you may have noticed a conspicuous white News 8 van perched on the corner of Church and Pine. It’s not every day that our little campus generates local news attention, so the media presence may cause some people to worry. But the answer shouldn’t be much of a surprise:
On Friday, the third Senior Cocks event came to an abrupt halt when the senior class was kicked out of the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. (Haven’t heard the story? Catch up here and here.) Apparently the scandal has generated so much attention that News 8, based in New Haven, has stopped by to talk to seniors and grab some video shots of our
frigid lovely campus. The news van’s been busy, having already visited the museum to talk to employees and gather their side of the story before coming to Wes. The reporter whom I spoke to wasn’t entirely forthcoming with her goals, but I gathered that even she was uncertain whether or not the science center would be pressing charges against Wesleyan.
Major news outlets are reporting that a gunman has killed at least 27 people, many of them children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. It is said to be the
worst school shooting in history second worst school shooting in history, after the Virginia Tech Massacre, which left 33 dead. Newtown lies about 65 miles northeast of New York City and 40 miles west of Wesleyan, just off of I-84.
The Hartford Courant is reporting the at least 27 are dead, including at least 18 children. A more conservative estimate from earlier in the day put the death toll at 12, but the AP just released the higher figure, which spread quickly.
The first calls came in at 9:30 a.m. this morning. According to the Courant, one entire classroom was completely unaccounted for as of 10:30. Apparently, many of the victims were in one particular kindergarten class. There is no indication that the shooter had any relation to the school or students.
The East Coast has been cancelled until further notice.
Frankenstorm a.k.a. Hurricane Sandy a.k.a Ze Who Must Not Be Fucked With continues its evil descent in Middletown. Winds are high outside and getting higher. Weather.com is reporting a “flood watch” for Middletown, as well as “Tens of Millions in Path of Megastorm Sandy.” All local public schools are closed for Monday and Tuesday. Metro North is suspending service after 7 p.m. tonight. (New York is freaking the fuck out; even pets are allowed on the subway and trains now.) Hundreds of thousands of East Coasters have been ordered to evacuate. The Middletown Price Chopper is a wild scene of frantic hysteria. Instagram is telling the story of the storm in visual uploads. Spongebob-related Sandy memes have been pushed into overdrive. And according to The ‘Cac, Trinity and Conn College have already cancelled classes:
Naturally, Wes’ recent bottled water ban is wreaking some degree of havoc. Meanwhile in Hartford, Governor Malloy is chatting up Barack Obama about the hurricane.
There has been a spate of apparent Aurora copycat attempts (or interpreted attempts) in the few weeks since the shooting, and the latest is too close to home not to note here. According to the New York Post, a 46-year-old man was arrested last night at a New Haven movie theater (Criterion-Bow Tie Cinemas, a few blocks from Yale) for carrying a loaded handgun into the theater. He seems to have resisted arrest, though he did have a permit for the gun and his intentions are unclear:
Officers arrived at the Criterion-Bow Tie Cinemas shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday after managers reported a man inside with a gun. It wasn’t clear whether the call was about Hwang or someone else.
About a dozen people were inside waiting for the movie to begin, police said. Officers asked each of them to raise their hands and file out, where they were patted down, according to a news release.
Hwang remained in his seat using his cellphone, police said. Police said he refused to put his hands up and was taken into custody by force. The gun was found in his waistband near the small of his back, police said.