We’ve come to this. Students demanding less freedom.

The Red and Black reports.

Backpackin’ heat: University community takes stand against campus carry

Professors use trigger warnings to alert students of explicit or sensitive materials contained in syllabi, powerpoint slides and assigned textbooks.

“And now I’m afraid I’m going to need literal trigger warnings when I’m using controversial material,” said Nell Andrew, an associate professor of art history at the University of Georgia.

Like other professors around the state, Andrew is concerned about the safety and well-being of students and her ability to foster open dialogue in the classroom if Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs House Bill 859, known as the Campus Carry bill, into law.

“But it’s not something we consented to. It’s something that affects us, but we really didn’t have a lot of say in this,” added Mehrsa Baradaran, an associate professor at the UGA School of Law.

Nearly 150 University of Georgia students, professors and Athens community members met in Tate Plaza Wednesday evening to speak out against the campus carry proposal. The group then marched to the Arch downtown to demonstrate publicly its disapproval of the legislation.

Pending Deal’s signature, HB 859 would allow anyone 21 years or older with a weapons license to legally carry a concealed gun on a public college or university campus except inside dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses and at athletic events.

“Which means it would be allowed in our classrooms, at our tailgates and at our club meetings,” said Emma Krass, one of the protest organizers and a senior at UGA.