A Community College of Allegheny County student yesterday publicly accused the school of trying to stop her from organizing a group advocating the right to carry concealed firearms on campus.
Christine "Christa" Brashier, 24, of Squirrel Hill, who is studying to be an elementary school teacher, said she feels unsafe on the school's Allegheny campus and would like the right to carry a gun while on school property.
Ms. Brashier yesterday said she was trying to organize a CCAC chapter of the national group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus when she was summoned to a meeting April 24 with student development staff.
She said she was told her efforts amounted to "soliciting," was ordered to destroy fliers she had created and warned she risked sanctions if she pursued the matter further on campus without the administration's OK.
Ms. Brashier contends that Yvonne Burns, a dean of student development at CCAC, told her during the meeting that, "You may want to discuss this topic but the college does not, and you cannot make us."
"I think I'm being deprived of a great many things," Ms. Brashier said in a phone interview. "Clearly my right to free speech is being infringed upon."
Reached at home last evening, Ms. Burns referred questions on the matter to the college.
David Hoovler, a spokesman for CCAC, declined to respond to Ms. Brashier's specific allegations, saying the issues raised by the student and the advocacy group representing her -- Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education -- are under review by the college and the Allegheny County solicitor...