Is Tuskegee Safe for Obama’s Visit?

April 14, 2015 3 By Michael
President Barack Obama gathered with his family on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to observe the 50th anniversary of Selma's Bloody Sunday. He urged Congress to restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Photo Credits: Kendra Hart,Ph. D.

President Barack Obama gathered with his family on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to observe the 50th anniversary of Selma’s Bloody Sunday. He urged Congress to restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Photo Credits: Kendra Hart,Ph. D.

TUSKEGEE (Cascade Press)

For several weeks now Tuskegee University President Brian Johnson has been hinting on social media that President Barack Obama or First Lady Michelle Obama would visit the campus. The speculation is that one of them would give the commencement address at next month’s graduation exercises.

However, recent violence on campus may call into question whether the university has the law enforcement resources to secure president Obama or Mrs. Obama.  The baccalaureate ceremony is scheduled during next month’s  Mothers Day weekend.

Brian Johnson's Facebook post alerting one and all of an impending visit from President Obama before receiving clearance from the White House to do make the announcement.

Brian Johnson’s Facebook post alerting one and all of an impending visit from President Obama before receiving clearance from the White House to make the announcement. Photo Credit courtesy Brian Johnson’s Facebook Page

In January two students were shot at a house party  off campus near Logan Hall. The location of the January shooting incident is on property formerly owned by the university. Although it now has a private owner, it would be considered on the main campus.

Sources have reported to Cascade Press that on last Saturday several fights broke out in the Daniel “Chappie” James Center. A hip-hop concert was being held at this venue. It is reported that one female student was pushed to the floor and trampled by stamping students who were attempting to get out when the fights started.

Once outside students reported to their parents that they heard gun shots. It is believed that the gun shots came from the parking lot near the Engineering Building.

This month Tuskegee University welcomed Young Thug to campus. Next month it hopes to welcome President Obama at commencement exercises. The Pride of the Swift Growing South continues to present the very best in the African American Experience. Photo from Young Thugs social media posting.

This month Tuskegee University welcomed Young Thug to campus. Next month it hopes to welcome President Obama at commencement exercises. The Pride of the Swift Growing South continues to present the very best in the African American Experience. Photo from Young Thugs social media posting.

In concert was hip-hop artist Young Thug. One parent said that a mid-level university official called and advised her to talk with her student about not attending the concert because Young Thug has a reputation of causing violence during his performances. Her student did not attend the concert.

Another parent was told by her student, that “there were ambulances everywhere.” It is not known how many students were injured and needed medical attention. Earlier reports indicate that one student was shot, but the university has not confirmed that anyone was shot nor that there was a violent incident on campus. Efforts to reach the university for comment have not been successful.

As late as 11:00 o’clock p. m. Central Standard Time, on Monday, the university had not posted a comment about the incident on the university’s website. Neither had the university sent any communication to parents notifying them of a campus shooting.

According to one senior university official, the university has not released a statement to administrators or department heads about the incident. This official speculates that the university is trying to cover-up the shooting so as not to alarm the White House before the President’s impending visit.

 

Harold Michael Harvey, is the author of the legal thriller “Paper Puzzle,” and “Justice in the Round: Essays on the American Jury System,” available at Amazon and at haroldmichaelharvey.com. He can be contacted at hmharvey@haroldmichaelharvey.com