Parking Tickets Issued To College Students During Campus Lockdown

A college campus went on lockdown due to a person with a gun on campus, and students actually got parking tickets as the meters expired during the incident.

By DAVID on December 4, 2018
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Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, was on lockdown yesterday. There was a suspect with a gun on campus, so officials told all staff and students to stay where they are while the campus was searched. Eventually the man with the gun surrendered, and the lockdown was lifted.

The lockdown happened around 11:30am Monday morning. Around 1:15pm is when the lockdown finally ended, and students could then leave their classes. Students who went to their cars found parking tickets, though. Many students, actually. Chelsea Raymer found a ticket on her car with a time of 12:54. That was DURING the lockdown time, and obviously during a time when she could not get to the meter or leave before time expired. Normally her class would have ended at 12:15, which would have been fine with her metered time. There were many other complaints filed as well.

The University says they’re working with the city clerk’s office to come up with a solution. But a sort of unofficial statement from the city police is “Our guys were up there looking for a guy with a gun… They didn’t stop to write parking tickets.” I can’t imagine that they can’t figure out who wrote the tickets, but it sounds like they’re all going to be thrown out. The tickets were issued on off-campus parking, but they’re in the area of the campus. See some more info on the story here.

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