Prof wears body armor to class to protest campus carry

Kassy Dillon
Massachusetts Campus Correspondent

  • A San Antonio College professor came to class dressed in body armor as "a statement" that "I don't feel safe" now that students are legally allowed to carry concealed firearms on campus.
  • Charles Smith acknowledged that some students likely carried illegally in the past, but fretted that the new law “increases the chances of something happening.”
  • Image via Facebook: Hot Mustard

    A professor at San Antonio College arrived to class last week dressed in body armor to mark the implementation of a campus carry policy allowing concealed carry on school grounds.

    Charles K. Smith, a geography instructor, sported a bulletproof vest and a helmet, explaining to mySA that “I was just saying I don’t feel safe.”

    "It definitely makes me feel uneasy that there are more firearms on campus than there really should be."   

    Smith has worked at the school for ten years and claims he was just making “a statement on how [he] felt.”

    [RELATED:Texas prof worries campus carry endangers free speech]

    “It definitely makes me feel uneasy that there are more firearms on campus than there really should be,” Smith added, fretting that while some students likely carried illegally in the past, the new law “increases the chances of something happening.”

    When students “got mad at me” in the past, he noted, “they had to go home to get the gun and had time to cool off; now they will have it with them.”

    [RELATED: UT instructors meet students in bars to avoid campus carry]

    The photo of Smith first surfaced when it was posted on Facebook with the caption, “In response to concealed carry, Professor Charles K. Smith, wears protective gear to his Physical Geography class at San Antonio College.”

    Campus Reform reached out to Smith for comment, but did not receive a response.

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    Kassy Dillon

    Kassy Dillon

    Massachusetts Campus Correspondent

    Kassy Dillon is a Massachusetts Campus Correspondent, and reports liberal bias and abuse on campus for Campus Reform. Kassy is a journalist, political commentator, and student at Mount Holyoke College. She is the founder of Lone Conservative, a group blog that gives a voice to conservative college students. She also is a regular contributor to The Hill and The Daily Wire, and has appeared on Fox News discussing issues surrounding free speech and cultural issues on college campuses. 

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