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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

BREAKING: One student voluntarily leaves sit-in, an outside protestor detained

Other protestors said that the student was detained for alleged destruction of property, and officers were seen inspecting a broken glass pane.
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Josh Rehders
VUPD officers escorting an arrested student to a MNPD car in Kirkland Circle, as photographed on March 26, 2024. (Hustler Multimedia/Josh Rehders)

Five VUPD officers detained a student protesting outside Kirkland Hall at approximately 10:45 p.m. CDT and brought him into the building. According to other protestors, the student was detained for alleged destruction of property. 

For the past hour, protestors have been stationed at each entrance to Kirkland Hall, banging on the doors demanding access to the building to provide those sitting in with food and water. Officers inspected a pane of broken glass at one of the entrances. 

A broken window at Kirkland Hall, as photographed on March 26, 2024. (Hustler Multimedia/Josh Rehders)

Around 11:20 p.m. CDT, Metro Nashville Police Department officers began to arrive at the scene. At least 20 officers in 15 cars were present by 11:30 p.m. CDT. Officers informed protestors outside the building that anyone remaining in Kirkland Hall would be subject to a criminal trespass charge but would not clarify whether the students could remain on the sidewalk outside Kirkland Hall. The officers positioned themselves between protestors and the rear door to Kirkland, closest to Alumni Hall. Students responded to their arrival by sitting on the ground and locking arms, recording the officers with cell phones.

Around an hour after being arrested, the originally arrested student was brought back outside and escorted by seven MNPD officers through E. Bronson Ingram Residential College to an VUPD car parked in Kirkland Circle, just outside Kirkland Hall. 

At approximately 11:10 p.m. CDT, one student who was previously participating in the sit-in voluntarily left. He was not arrested and left Kirkland Hall escorted by VUPD. Other protestors said he has not been suspended. 

CORRECTION: This piece previously stated that the arrested student was taken to an MNPD car, but they were taken to a VUPD car.

This breaking story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Aaditi Lele
Aaditi Lele, Former Editorial Director
Aaditi Lele ('24) is majoring in political science and climate science with a minor in South Asian Language and Culture in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as News Editor. Outside of The Hustler, you can find her crocheting, practicing calligraphy or counting down the days until she can see her dog. She can be reached at [email protected].    
Rachael Perrotta
Rachael Perrotta, Former Editor-in-Chief
Rachael Perrotta ('24) is from Cranston, R.I., and majored in cognitive studies, communication of science and technology and political science and minored in gender and sexuality studies in Peabody College. She was also previously Senior Advisor and News Editor. If she's not pressing you for a comment, she's probably trying to convince you that she's over 5 feet tall, cheering on the Red Sox or wishing Nashville had a beach. She can be reached at [email protected].
Parker Smith
Parker Smith, Former Deputy News Editor
Parker Smith ('24) is majoring in computer science and political science in the School of Engineering. He enjoys playing guitar in his spare time and is a former Starbucks barista and self-proclaimed coffee expert. He can be reached at [email protected].
Josh Rehders
Josh Rehders, Former Photography Director
Josh Rehders ('24) is from Houston and is studying computer science in the School of Engineering. When he is not shooting for The Hustler, Vanderbilt Athletics or freelancing, he enjoys finding new music and good food. He can be reached at [email protected].
Katherine Oung
Katherine Oung, Data Editor
Katherine Oung ('25) is majoring in political science and computer science and minoring in data science in the College of Arts and Science. They are from West Palm Beach, Fla., and were previously Deputy News Editor and Managing Editor. Katherine enjoys working on freelance journalism projects and making incredibly specific Spotify playlists. They can be reached at [email protected].
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anonoymous
2 months ago

I find it outrageous that the University, presumably approved by our chancellor, called in the Metro Police. This is the Academy and the Academy has ways of dealing with such behavior up to and including expulsion from the university. Another example of our administrators being do far from the faculty.