Okay, this is the one posting which needs no link. And unless you are Rip Van Winkle who just woke up (in which case the internet itself wont make sense to you), you must have read about what UCLA has been upto - trying to, well ignore its students after trying to injure and mutilate one of them.
Here are the first signs that a school is advertising itself as "not safe".
--> "We have a famous rule that lets us demand you show IDs to us after 11pm."
Problem: A school that has this rule must be facing problems. If it were safe, they would not be doing this.
Where would the lax in safety come from?
Paranoia - why paranoia? Why not thugs, rapists and murderers?
Because, they would not be carrying an ID anyway, silly.
So, this is an excellent example of school - sponsored paranoia. I dread to set foot in an environment where, a video shows a kid being tasered, and the school is still "investigating".
This basically means, they really don't give a s*it. And I don't like to pay money and spend time in such a place. Not all of us get to go to school free. And get tasered, hopefully!
What if the student was wrong?
So what, do teachers now start tasering kids for being wrong, refusing to do homework and refusing to confirm? Isn't that what we all do as students - atleast a little.
Here is a scene from the future if you thought, heck ya, you do wrong, we "taser" thou. You go to class without finishing the homework. And your teacher lets your muscles twitch involuntarily at 8am. You did not finish your homework right? Well, enjoy the consequences.
So, would I tell my cousins or friends it is safe to go to UCLA?
NOT ON YOUR FRIGGIN' LIFE.
Would I recommend it in the very unlikely event UCLA fires the cops (after dancing around the event, living in denial for months)?
You gotta do it as an automatic thing. These are students of a university. Not some wierd reformatory kids from the middle ages.
Would I recommend my cousins and brothers to be chivalrous enough to show up on the UCLA campus after the current board of directors, or whatever indecisive, apathetic people that rule the roost retire?
Maybe, after I examine any available public UCLA "taser" records. And, if they stop giving cops awards for actually using those menaces. Maybe...
Till then, "Hey kids, watch out, here is UCLA."