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Female student detained, searched by cops after she talked about her concealed carry permit
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Female student detained, searched by cops after she talked about her concealed carry permit

A junior at Kent State University said she was pulled out of class and searched by cops after she was overheard talking about her concealed carry permit.

What did she do?

According to Campus Reform, the incident involving student Leandra Westbrook took place in late April.

Westbrook said that she was speaking with a friend on the phone while on campus and during the conversation mentioned that she'd like to be able to carry her firearm on campus, since she possesses a concealed carry permit.

"[I]t is a shame that I cannot carry a gun on campus, considering I have my carry license," Westbrook reportedly told her friend.

Unbeknownst to Westbrook, some student cadet officers overheard her remark, which apparently caused them enough alarm to contact campus police.

Westbrook went on her way to class, and that was when police stepped in.

What did police do?

According to a police report obtained by Campus Reform, officers entered Westbrook's classroom and told the professor that Westbrook would be needed for questioning as a result of the report.

A portion of the police report read, "[A cadet] said several cadets overheard a female ... speaking about having a gun and getting into trouble if it was discovered."

"None of the cadets saw a firearm, but believed she may have been armed with one," the report continued.

The report noted that police searched Westbrook and her possessions, but no firearm was found.

Westbrook did admit to having a concealed carry permit but did not have a firearm with her because guns are prohibited on campus, the report said.

Westbrook told the outlet that the encounter with police left her "too shaken up and disturbed" to return to class.

Anything else?

Westbrook told Campus Reform that while she believed that officers were simply "doing their jobs," she feels the student cadets jumped the gun in making a call to campus police and targeted her for "being pro-Second Amendment" instead.

"I do not believe they genuinely thought I was a threat, because I specifically said I had a license to carry," Westbrook said, according to Campus Reform. "In the conversation I had, there was no way to misinterpret what I said, or to even suggest that I had a gun with me."

Westbrook explained that she's received threats in the past over her well-known conservative beliefs and revealed that she brought this latest incident to the school's dean.

According to Westbrook, the dean said that there was nothing to be done about the incident.

Westbrook saod she plans to report the "people who harassed me to the police," including the student cadets who called in the initial report that Westbrook had a gun "for falsifying a report."

"My main concern is that people are not being held accountable for their actions," she told the outlet. "Their words don’t bother me, but if I was to say something like that to them, my guess is it wouldn’t be tolerated by the university."

Westbrook also hopes to start a concealed carry club at the school.

"My hopes are to teach people about gun safety and the gun control laws we already have in place, because a lot of people who speak on the subject are very uneducated [about gun laws]," Westbrook noted.

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