BY WATCHING ADAMS STAFF – 11/16/15
On Wednesday, November 18th, the Students for Action at Adams will be hosting a screening of the documentary “Playing Columbine” by Danny Ledonne. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in McDaniel Hall room 101 on the Adams State University campus.
Though Ledonne remains banned from setting foot on the university, he will be joining the audience for a panel discussion via webcam immediately following the screening. Given that the campus police chief cited Ledonne’s 2005 videogame about the 1999 Columbine shoot shooting as one of the reasons for determining Ledonne is a “threat to campus safety,” Students for Action at Adams decided that showing the feature-length film about the motivations and response to the game would be a suitable way to engage in dialog about these issues. From the event’s Facebook page:
The screening of "Playing Columbine" is intended to provoke discussion. We, students of ASU, are concerned with our institution's administration and execution of authorial powers on campus. We want to talk about the Persona Non Grata policy and it's implications with our first amendment rights for students, faculty, and staff. Our campus does not feel safe with people in power who declare, " it is my duty to balance the free speech and individual rights against the public safety of the many." Nobody has the privilege or right to "balance free speech and individual rights". Among the Persona Non Grata policy, there is much more to discuss. Please feel welcome to come and spread awareness about the topic, regardless of your perspective. We would like to create a healthy and respective dialogue that will accomplish immediate and long term goals. What those goals are; is up to you.