MASSACHUSETTS CAMPUS POLICE CHIEF PLACED ON LEAVE AFTER LIKING NRA AND TRUMP TWEETS
Excerpt: Massachusetts’ Mount Holyoke College and Smith College announced on Wednesday that Daniel Hect, their new joint campus police chief, has been placed on administrative leave after his social media activity sparked a backlash among the school’s students. Hect, who leads the Mount Holyoke College and Smith College campus police department, on February 6 shared news of his new appointment to Twitter. “I am excited to announce I have accepted the position of Chief of Police at Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges, two of the most prestigious all women’s institutions in the nation,” he wrote. Hect officially began his role on February 18. Shortly after, students from Mount Holyoke and Smith College began looking into Hect’s Twitter history and noticed some controversial activity. According to Smith’s student newspaper The Sophian, students discovered that the official has liked tweets “almost exclusively in response to President Trump’s tweets and included anti-immigrant, pro-gun rights and racist sentiments.” Hect was also found to have liked various miscellaneous messages from the National Rifle Association (NRA).