Photos posted on social media by a recent Kent State University graduate carrying a rifle on campus have gone viral.
I have no apologies for my graduation photos. As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the second amendment ensures that I don't have to be.pic.twitter.com/5CKmQobrMb— Kaitlin Marie (@KaitMarieox)May 15, 2018
The photos, posted on Twitter @KaitMarieox, are of Kaitlin Marie Bennett near the Kent State Student Center carrying what she said on Twitter is an AR-10, which she said is not an assault rifle.
“Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student- especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus,” she tweeted on May 13, a day after the university's commencement ceremony.
Bennett was one of the Kent State students who helped organize an open carry event held on campus on April 27.
Eric Mansfield, executive director of university media relations, said no school policies were violated by the photo shoot.
“As a courtesy, on Sunday she contacted the university police to let them know she would be taking photos on the K with her rifle,” he added.
According to the university’s policy on deadly weapons, “Students, staff, faculty, and third parties doing business with the university are further prohibited from possessing, storing, or using a deadly weapon while outside on university grounds, that is owned, operated or leased by the university.”
However guests to the university may carry guns on campus.
In a statement, Kent State University spokesman Eric Mansfield said KSU was recently ranked the safest large college campus in Ohio and 25th safest nationwide.
“The university has a full-time, certified police force of more than 30 sworn officers who protect the campus,” said Mansfield. “These officers are visible, well-trained and on duty 24/7 in support of students, staff and faculty."
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