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Shaw student arrested for studying past library hours

Posted April 28

— Na’eem Wilkins is not someone whose Shaw University classmates would expect to see in handcuffs.

But such was the predicament Wilkins, 21, a honor student and drum major for the school band, found himself in after refusing to leave the university library after it closed at 11 p.m.

“He was like, ‘Can I have an extra ten minutes just to finish this exam,’” said Tina Akunwafor, a Shaw student who was in the library when Wilkins was arrested. “He was calm. It wasn't like he created a ruckus or he was arguing back and forth. She just said ‘I'm going to call security’ and after that the police came and arrested him.”

Wilkins, who was charged with second degree trespassing, was allowed to stay in the library 30 minutes after closing but did not leave afterwards, said Odessa Hines, university spokesman.

“It's unfortunate that he allowed the situation to escalate to that point,” she said. “I think obviously we never want to have to arrest a student, ever, on our campus.”

Students, who held a demonstration in support of Wilkins, want the charges dropped against him and longer library hours.

Starting Tuesday, the library will have extended hours for final exams.

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  • thegmann1 May 5, 6:36 p.m.

    Sooooooo, he was taking an exam, I'm assuming an online exam? And he was already allowed to stay past closing time for 30 mins prior to being asked to leave? So when the staff come and asked him to leave, possibly someone who had to or just wanted to go HOME after working into the late evening, he refused. So after refusing to leave, he was arrested. So please someone explain to ME, who's not a college grad....yet, and make sure you speak very slowly and use simple words so I'll be able to understand. How is it the police actions against this honor student and drum major warrants a protest. I mean C'Mon Man, you are a college student who's a Drum Major. Management and Discipline is the epitome of being an Drum Major. So now he want's to be portrayed as they poor black kids who got arrested because the mean ole police wouldn't let him stay in the library doing after hours because he doesn't know how to manage his time? Yeah Right!!!!!! I say he should also be fired as Drum Major, Too D

  • sisu Apr 29, 7:57 p.m.

    I would want to know more about the circumstances before passing judgement either way. If it was an exam that had to be completed in one sitting I can understand the desperation to complete it. It is possible he had to squeeze in the exam after his job and not completing it would result in a fail for the class. Really, we just don't have enough information.

  • sunshine1040 Apr 29, 6:50 p.m.

    He was given additional time but folks that work in library have lives also and some have children that need child care and cannot stay overtime. He was asked to leave and he did not end of story.

  • KermitDFrog Apr 29, 6:18 p.m.

    All I know is that when my shift it over - I want to go home. Why should the librarian stay late?

    For such a bright guy, it appears that he lacks common sense.

  • Mom120 Apr 29, 5:50 p.m.

    stupid arrest

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Apr 29, 5:43 p.m.

    Goodness GRACIOUS!!

  • shemontay Apr 29, 4:45 p.m.

    computer analyst .. easy to judge or condemn behind the computer comments. Really nothing here to report yes, he broke the rules, but at the same time it could have been handled differently. Some of you feel the way you do just because it wasnt you, your kid or relative. Put it in perspective and judge as if it was someone you loved.

  • ALLIN Apr 29, 4:36 p.m.

    Open book exam? Gotta help the overall GPA if this is common practice.

  • ncprr1 Apr 29, 3:45 p.m.

    Break the law, wind up in handcuffs...go figure. That could be the most valuable lesson that he learns at college.

  • justcommonsense Apr 29, 3:31 p.m.

    This is crazy! He was finishing an exam and only asked for 10 more minutes and they couldn't do... View More

    — Posted by all4him

    PLEASE go back and read the article. He was not finishing an exam. He was studying and was... View More

    — Posted by vsusu2002

    Perhaps you should go back and read the article...along with a couple of others who posted here.
    3rd paragraph to be exact

    “He was like, ‘Can I have an extra ten minutes just to finish this exam,’” said Tina Akunwafor, a Shaw student who was in the library when Wilkins was arrested. “He was calm. It wasn't like he created a ruckus or he was arguing back and forth. She just said ‘I'm going to call security’ and after that the police came and arrested him.”

    So yes, taking an exam... didn't cause a ruckus (ie argumentative, loud,cursing etc) The attendant simply responded to his question about an extra 10 minutes with "I'm going to call security...

    I am all for rules being followed etc. But, there are times in life when a bit of common sense, compassion and thinking outside the box hurts no one

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