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Students React to Pepper Spray, Funding Plan (VIDEO)

After convening a press conference on campus to talk about being pepper-sprayed by police, Santa Monica College students share their thoughts on the school's plan for two-tiered funding.

"I got pepper sprayed and all I got was this lousy t-shirt," was the handwritten phrase Santa Monica College student Christina Deal wore to a press conference Wednesday.

She and other opponents of the college's new plan to offer classes at cost to students—at a price higher than the subsidized rate they currently pay—were among the 15-30 pepper-sprayed Tuesday night by a campus police officer.

They were sprayed as they overran a Board of Trustees meeting. The board chambers were overcapacity and students say they wanted their opinions to be heard. But college officials say the students “acted unlawfully.”

Students convened a press conference on the steps of the college library to share personal anecdotes from last night's events.

"The first thing that happened to me was that an officer grabbed me around the neck and placed me in a choke hold," Deal said. "I was doing nothing violent, I was just standing at the front when I was assaulted."

See her and other students' reactions to the new funding model, and to being pepper-sprayed, by watching the video above this article. 

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JimmyJimmy April 06, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Yes, more money for bombs and less for education. How can educating as many people who want it help an economy anyway? Proudrepub, you sound smart!
JimmyJimmy April 06, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Then you are short sighted. "Sure educating as many people as possible will strengthen our economy, and make us a stronger and healthier country, but I DON"T WANT TO PAY FOR IT". Wow.
JimmyJimmy April 06, 2012 at 07:18 AM
Agreed!
proudrepub April 06, 2012 at 04:32 PM
@ JimmyJimmy If your going to to quote me at least make it correct. "better educated a society the better off we are. However, it should be the student to pay for it not me." We are already paying for the k-12 education. Beyond that it is the students own responsibility to get that advanced education. By the time they graduate high school they are adults, old enough to vote and go to war. The responsibility of the government to educate them should end at high school. How many students get the federal grants, free money just to go and party. Wasting hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.
Mr. Beach Boy April 08, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Wow a choke hold? I've watched the video 15 times, if it was a choke hold, she would have been unconcious. Bunch of drama queens.

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