A University of Louisville professor canceled classes over his concerns for student safety.
Dr. Ron Holmes canceled class due to safety concerns.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A University
of Louisville professor canceled classes over his concerns for student safety.
A parent of a student in that class
contacted WAVE 3 News, asking what was going on.
A University of Louisville spokesman
said they've seen no signs of violence or threats from the student who sparked
the concerns. That said, the student is
banned from campus and the school says he keeps showing up.
"I am prelaw so I want to be an
attorney," said Blakely Wilder. "Right now I'm studying sociology and psychology with a justice
Spend just a few minutes with Wilder,
and you know she's driven. So a canceled
class in UofL's School of Justice Administration threw her but, "I wasn't
really sure what to think about it, honestly, but to me it was, 'Oh more time
Wilder and other students in Ron
Holmes sex crimes class got an email Tuesday simply saying Holmes had chosen
not to have class because of safety concerns.
"Dr. Holmes had
specific concerns about one student and what their behavior has been on
campus," explained UofL Media Relations Director Mark Hebert.
Privacy laws prevent Hebert from going
into details. He can said it involves a student banned from campus and,
"That student has violated that ban twice and has been cited twice for
From police reports, WAVE 3 News has
determined that refers to 26-year-old Garrett Key. The report detailing one of
Key's campus arrests earlier this month Key had made threats to bring a
firearm to campus in the past and harm people.
"We don't think there
should be any major concerns by these students and the faculty and staff,"
Hebert said. "Now that said, you
never want to say never and in Dr. Holmes' case, he wanted to be better safe
Hebert said staff in the Justice
Administration building is aware of the threats and campus police are taking
extra security measures. That's really
all the school can do.
"This is a public
place, it's a public campus and the only way you can keep out everybody you
want to keep out is to build a wall around the University of Louisville and
we're not going to do that," said Hebert.
He doesn't know what Holmes will do at
his next class but Wilder feels comfortable putting her trust in her professor.
"You can't be too sure
anymore and I thank and commend Dr. Holmes for taking the time and effort to
look at the situation and consider our safety," she said.
Calls to Holmes Wednesday about what
he planned to do going forward, were not returned.
Key is far from the only person banned
from UofL's campus. According to a report in the student newspaper last year,
the University maintains a list that at the time was more than 700 people long.
Hebert said the bans are for a variety
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