A sit-in protest at Ohio State did a complete 180 when an administrative messenger relayed news that the students were making staff feel 'unsafe' and would be forcibly removed if they didn't leave.
The messenger said that students would be expelled if they did not vacate the premises by 5am.
Here's what he said courtesy of The Atlantic:
“If you are students, and I think the vast majority of you are, I want you to understand that you are violating the student code of conduct. As dictated to me by [university president] Dr. Drake 15 minutes ago to me on the phone, we have chosen to try to work with you this evening because we respect you. This is your university.
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And we want to have dialogue. We want the dialogue to extend beyond tonight. But if you refuse to leave, then you will be charged with a student code of conduct violation.And I’m telling you this now because I want you to have good thought and careful consideration. If you’re here at 5 a.m. we will clear the building and you will be arrested. And we will give you the opportunity to go to jail for your beliefs. Our police officers will physically pick you up, take you to a paddywagon, and take you to be jail.”
He then essentially told students he was denying workers in the building the right to a safe space.
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“Our goal, because I want you to understand why we would do something like this—I didn’t think we were going to—but the consensus of university leaders is that the people who work in this building should be protected also.
They come to work around 7 o’clock. Do you remember when you all made the rush down there and chanted to the folks outside the doors a minute ago?”
Needless to say, it resulted in a series of laughs from students when he told them they had scared people, but it seemed to have an effect in the long run.