Campus president fired after allowing homeless student to sleep in library to escape sub-zero cold
A homeless student at Vatterott College slept in the school library on a night when temperatures dipped below zero. The man who helped him is now jobless.
Brian Carroll knew the student normally stayed in the woods just beyond school grounds, though on the night of January 6, Carroll allowed him to sleep in the Vatterott campus library to avoid the torrent of snow and ice that was pounding the Kansas City area, likely saving his life.
Even though the library and its contents were unharmed as a result of the student’s overnight stay, TA Associates –Vatterott’s private equity owners — fired Carroll on the following business day after seeing surveillance footage of the student entering the library after school hours.
“I had a tough choice to make. He can’t stay on campus. I can’t put him in my car. I can’t take him to my house,” Carroll told local reporters.
“I just didn’t want to take the chance,” he added. “We had ice and snow.”
According to Carroll, he and several faculty members on campus had been teaming up to help find subsidized housing so the student wouldn’t have to sleep in the woods. Carroll, who has 35 years of experience working in education, said if he was faced with a similar situation, he’d make the same choice without hesitation.
“Education is a beautiful thing to me,” Carroll said. “But sometimes, it gets destroyed in the process.”
A recently launched MoveOn petition is demanding that TA Associates reinstate Carroll as campus president and raise his salary fir sheltering the homeless student.
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