- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Officials at Darton State College in Georgia have apologized to a local police officer after he was reportedly booted from class because his service weapon made the instructor “uncomfortable.”

The unidentified cop was wearing his uniform and carrying a gun when an instructor at the Albany college asked him to be escorted out of the classroom, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

School officials confirmed the police officer was escorted out of the classroom, but did not elaborate.

“Darton State College is appreciative for the service of our law enforcement, and welcome them as students on our campus,” Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Thomas Ormand said in a statement. “We have apologized to the officer for our misunderstanding when he attended class on our campus, and we regret this happened. We have met with the faculty and staff involved to reiterate the Georgia Law and Darton Policy.”

An Albany Police spokeswoman said the officer was not from the city department, but declined to say what agency he worked for.

“I find it a bit disturbing that someone would object to having an armed law enforcement officer in the classroom,” Tim Reichert, spokesman for the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, told a local Fox News affiliate. “Much less, the very professor teaching the class.”

Official policy at the school prohibits firearms on campus, but makes an exception for police officers, Fox News reported.

“Students are prohibited from possession of firearms in or on college property except by law enforcement officers, judges and district attorneys,” the policy states. “The possession or use of any other offensive weapons is prohibited.”

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