Blackhawk Technical College might add pepper spray to weapons ban

September 26, 2011

From “Blackhawk Technical College might add pepper spray to weapons ban” — ROCK TOWNSHIP — As Blackhawk Technical College works to produce a policy that complies with Wisconsin’s new concealed-carry law, it has added a twist that the law doesn’t address: pepper spray.

The BTC Board took a look at a policy proposal Wednesday that would ban from BTC buildings all explosives, swords, bows and arrows, tasers, batons and O.C. (pepper) spray.

Several female BTC students questioned Thursday were split on the question, although all agreed the main campus between Janesville and Beloit is generally safe.

“I wouldn’t want to carry it. I feel perfectly safe here,” said Vicki Ball of Clinton, who is studying legal administration. “I can’t think of any situation where I would need it.”

“At night, they have the Safe Walk program, so someone can walk you to your car,” said Jennifer Nevestich of Milton, who is studying criminal justice.

The Safe Walk program uses volunteers who are studying criminal justice.

Criminal justice student Nicole Cola of Milton said she’d like to be able to carry pepper spray.

Cola is aware of Safe Walk, but “they’re never really around” when she gets done with classes at 9 p.m., she said.



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