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Cal State Long Beach President apologizes for “lack of transparency” in knife incident

We at TTAK have long lamented the zero-tolerance knife nonsense at schools theses days. Most of our readers carried knives in high school and earlier, a practice that is verboten most places today.

Turns out that knives under 2.5″ are legal on the campus of Cal State Long Beach, but when a student in a sociology class was asked to leave after using his knife to clean his nails, the story took on a life of its own on social media.

From Long Beach Post:

The reported incident happened on Thursday, February 25 during a sociology class, according to officials. The professor allegedly perceived a threat when a male student was seen holding a small knife measuring 2 1/2 inches and asked the student to leave, which he did.

According to the student newspaper the Daily 49er, Close Conoley addressed the issue during an Academic Senate meeting Thursday afternoon, during which she said the student was cleared by campus police to carry the knife. The university’s policy regarding knives includes the prohibition of a “knife with a blade measuring over 2 1/2 inches in length.”

CSULB students expressed outrage this week once information of the event caught wind on social media, spurred by fellow students. Though officials have not confirmed details, students with knowledge of the incident claimed a white male student pulled out a knife during a heated discussion with a female black student.

During a Sociology Student Association meeting Wednesday night, Jeff Klaus, associate vice president and dean of students, told attendees that officials decided not to issue a timely warning notice after interviewing a handful of witnesses and determining “there was no immediate threat to any students on campus,” according to CSULB student Mel Gutierrez, who attended the meeting.

Gutierrez also claimed Klaus stated the male student only took out the knife “because he was cleaning his fingernails with it.”

Unfortunately, the delicate snowflakes on the CSLB campus were not satisfied, because thy had been traumatized by reading about the non-incident. Thus the President was forced to apologize.

Move along folks, despite the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth by the SJW types, there is nothing to see here.

(h/t James & Instapundit)

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