Linton Hall Incident

By: Rachel Calderon
By: Rachel Calderon

A woman placed a call to MSU's Dept. of Public Safety and then the East Lansing Fire Department responded when she felt a burning sensation in her throat after opening a letter sent to her office at Linton Hall on MSU's campus last year.

Hope Johnson was a junior at the time the Linton Hall incident occurred. She told a small crowd how she feels her trust was betrayed.

"Being 20-years-old and forced to be naked in front of supposed professionals is the most humiliating experience," Hope Johnson, MSU senior.

According to the women they say they were relieved to see the window on the outside of building were covered, but one woman suggested to use the State News to cover up the windows on the inside of the building, but according to the women, the emergency personnel refused to do so.

"There were people milling around the hallways. They were leaning over the banisters and by the time they got me here, I was demanding they use something to cover the windows to give me privacy, and they said nothing," Yvette, Chavez, MSU employee.

Both MSU officials and the ELFD say the health and safety of the MSU community is their first priority and all procedures taken were necessary.

"The procedures followed were those implemented for state, and national teams," Randall Taifarro, ELFD.

"Our first priority is the health and safety of the MSU community. All the decisions made that day kept that in mind," Terry Denbow, MSU spokesperson.

What the women hope is that their ordeal will prompt changes in decontamination procedures. Including an effort to have more females on HAZMAT teams. The ACLU is helping the women decide if and when they'll take legal action against MSU or the ELFD.


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