University PD Chief Suspended For 'Liking' Tweets Which Upset Students

Mount Holyoke College Campus Police Chief Daniel Hect was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday.

South Hadley, MA – A newly-appointed campus police chief has been placed on administrative leave, after students discovered he “liked” tweets that supported President Trump, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and legal immigration.

The Mount Holyoke College Campus Police Department is shared by Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and Smith colleges, according to the university website.

Mount Holyoke College Campus Police Chief Daniel Hect was appointed to lead the agency in February, the Grecourt Gate reported at the time.

The former U.S. Air Force Security Services master sergeant has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He has earned multiple degrees, including a doctorate of education, and formerly served as the police chief on multiple universities’ campuses.

“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,” Hect tweeted in February, according to The Daily Wire.

“This is a great opportunity,” he told the Grecourt Gate. “I am looking forward to working with both Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges to improve community policing efforts through engagement and ensuring the department becomes more visible and accessible.”

But immediately thereafter, students began looking into the new chief’s Twitter account, and learned he had “liked” tweets they didn’t approve of.

One such tweet wished followers a Merry Christmas.

Chief Hect had also “liked” two tweets made by the NRA, as well as several posts President Trump made regarding the government shutdown and the U.S.-Mexico border wall, The Daily Wire reported.

“If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns,” read another tweet the police chief “liked.”

A Mount Holyoke student posted screenshots from Chief Hect’s Twitter account on to social media, and declared it was “unacceptable for someone in charge of keeping any community safe, let alone a campus as diverse as MHC's, to be publicly displaying his support for hateful regimes and organizations, as well as for individuals who demonize migrants from Mexico or other latin american [sic] nations,” The Daily Wire reported.

“I believe these tweets indicate that Hect should not work at this campus,” student Olivia Marble wrote in an opinion piece for the Mount Holyoke News. “It concerns me that the College hired someone who has publicly contributed to racist and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric.”

“It is very difficult for people of color to trust police officers because of the many incidences of police brutality against people of color,” the student added. “I do not understand how the hiring committee could see that Hect had a public account of arguably racist tweets and still decide to hire him.”

As concerns about Chief Hect’s alleged support of racism spread, school officials arranged a March 19 forum for students to discuss issues with the police chief.

“I’m not always super trusting of police in general,” student Rachel Wood told the Mount Holyoke News. “But [I’m] especially [wary of] someone I’d heard might be a Trump supporter.”

During the forum, Chief Hect told students that he planned to make changes to the police presence on campus, so that they would be able to “know the campus police as human beings.”

But most of the students’ questions focused on Chief Hect’s social media history and political views.

“When [Trump] did something that I thought he did well, I wanted to like [his tweets in reference to those successes] in hopes to lead to more good behavior,” he told the students. “I do not support Donald Trump. The hate that comes out of the White House is not okay.”

Chief Hect said that his decision to “like” tweets calling for a border wall were “obviously, on my end, a huge mistake,” according to the Mount Holyoke News.

He repeatedly expressed his “sincere regret” for having offended anyone, and said he hoped to gain the students’ trust in the future.

“You need to take responsibility for the damage you have done,” one student told him. “It’s not just about deleting tweets, it’s bigger than that.”

Chief Hect said he was “taking steps to address this bias,” and noted that he didn’t realize he even had biases “until people pointed it out.”

“I take ownership of that,” he said.

The chief said he would be open to holding a similar forum in the future, and sent an email to the university community expressing his appreciation for their participation, The Daily Wire reported.

“It was clear to me during the event that I have work to do in order to better lead a campus police department charged with supporting and protecting this wonderfully diverse, intelligent and committed community of students, faculty and staff,” his email read.

Chief Hect also announced his plan to develop a Campus Safety Advisory Committee, and said he would be attending a training program to help him learn to challenge biases and to explore beliefs.

But on Wednesday night, before Chief Hect had the opportunity to implement his plans, Mount Holyoke College President Sonya Stephens announced he had been placed on administrative leave.

“Over the past few weeks, members of our community have expressed concerns about the ability of Chief Daniel Hect to develop the level of trust required to engage in community policing,” Stephens said in an email to the university community.

Deputy Police Chief Ray LaBarre has been appointed as acting police chief in the meantime.

“We are working closely with Smith College on this issue, and I will continue to keep our campus community informed,” she added.

Comments (55)
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JBo
JBo

Well I can truthfully say that these student's heads would really explode over me! Merry Christmas!

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

I stayed away completely from social media when I was working. Too many cops getting jammed up for stupid crap by politician admin.

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

Snowflake alert! Snowflake alert! And trigger warning! As JBo says, "Merry Christmas!" And I would add the words "Trump", "Border wall", "legal immigration", "Blue Lives Matter", etc ...

DC-TX
DC-TX

Here's my meeting with the snowflakes: get your ass to class and worry about your grades. I will use my 30 years of law enforcement experience to be sure you aren't raped or murdered on my watch. My political views or the things I "like" are none of your damn business. Any questions?

DC-TX
DC-TX

No surprise, but sickening how he was thrown under the bus by administration.

Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

One Word.....Libtards.

BlueJDN
BlueJDN

The inmates are truly running the asylum.

K-9 319
K-9 319

Just out of curiosity, has anyone looked at the students and administrators media pages ? I bet there are more than one student who shouldn't be there. This should be right along with the freedom of speech. WHAT ? Now you don't have the right to express your opinions ? Shame on the college for cow towing to the students.

LynnSB
LynnSB

What Absolute Bull Shit !!! Hey Cheif get a Attorney and Sue the Hell out of them !!!!! Hit them where it hurts !!

karenek
karenek

Gutless wonders there! The Chief AND the administration should never have caved!

smokin45
smokin45

These kids are the future of our country, how terrifying.

MarineDoc
MarineDoc

“Over the past few weeks, members of our community have expressed concerns about the ability of Chief Daniel Hect to develop the level of trust required to engage in community policing,”. Exactly how many of these snowflakes objected?

Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and Smith colleges are no are know to be super-liberal colleges. I hope the Chief is reinstated.

Pat1978
Pat1978

Though I can understand his willingness to compromise, people with integrity need to stand up for what they believe in the face of this madness. The 'thought police' will only get stricter and more vengeful if they are left unchecked by people that are at least tethered to reality. Without pushback, their ridiculous and deceitful jargon is becoming part of the common parlance without being seen for the ruse that it is. Words that are used as ideological weapons; words that don't mean what they purport to or are lacking any inherent connection to the facts of the world, words like social justice, equity, implicit bias, diversity (when used to promote tyranny of outcomes), safe space, micro aggression, toxic masculinity etc..., are entering the conversation so often that they are unduly influencing the worldview of people who, if they took a a step back to reflect, would reject the terms outright.

The people who put these terms in the marketplace of ideas are intellectual charlatans, snake oil salesmen and all they are interested in is control and power. It makes me cringe when the chief talks about acknowledging his implicit bias. We all discriminate (make choices to do one thing instead of another based on our goals/values and our conceptual framework). It is necessary to do so to navigate the obstacles of life as an individual. The fact that we do this does not mean that we are suffering from some sort of evil implicit bias in the way that the intellectually dishonest would define it. While a wall at the border may or may not be a good idea, supporting it is not necessarily racist; the two things have no necessary connection. I am not sure exactly why the chief has suddenly realized he is biased but I suspect it has to do with folding to intense pressure from the intersectional conflict theorists, mostly radical feminists, that occupy an all too large swath of academia, which is a very sad but very plausible explanation. It is also not surprising that they would get rid of him after he kowtowed to their demands. It really is an important intellectual battle being fought at universities. These clowns ideologues that ousted the chief will eventually graduate and obtain positions of power. The fact that this has been going on in force since the late 80's to early 90's is telling. That is why we have judges and lawyers that practice critical legal theory and restorative justice and why we have politicians talking about reparations; they too were indoctrinated at the university. I hope the pendulum swings the other way soon, before it becomes a wrecking ball.

Trefflek
Trefflek

Never give in!! Have a back bone with your beliefs. I’m tired of all the pansies out there who give in and then still get fired.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

What the 1st Amendment under the US Constitution?? The sad part is these kids are acting like spoiled little brats. It’s terrifying that these idiots are the future of our country.

JLo1
JLo1

The simple fact that you can be suspended for liking a tweet or post for something someone else disagrees with is insane! What the hell is happening to our free country?!?!?!? :(

LPD133
LPD133

That is not an institution or position worthy of a US military veteran and brother in blue. Walk away and find a job with an ethical agency.

Sargejh
Sargejh

I was angry after I started reading this story. Until…I read the Chief was apologizing for his insensitive and biased actions. Really!? C’mon Chief. Man up! If he won’t stand up for his beliefs, I’m sure not going to. Jesus help us.

OldVet
OldVet

Snowflakes are running the schools, not the administration.

snafu
snafu

The new MO for college administrators - The First Amendment only protects leftist speech.

magnumforc
magnumforc

The reason we called it Mount HolyJoke...

GForce48
GForce48

Unbelievable...I guess if he said criminals should be locked up he would be in trouble as well! SMH

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Not only could I not work as a cop at a place where leftist cant rules, I couldn't work for someone for whom I had no respect.

mauiisl
mauiisl

Chief Hect said he was “taking steps to address this bias,” and noted that he didn’t realize he even had biases “until people pointed it out.”

“I take ownership of that,” he said.


Even with his background gotta say, his 'ownership' of lefty lies and projection is deeply disappointing.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?!?!? REALLY??? Since when did liking a Trump, NRA or legal immigration tweet or saying Merry Christmas result in losing your job because a bunch of whining entitled crybaby snowflakes demanded it? Because they "claim" its hateful & demonizing? Well I hate to break it to you libtard cupcakes, supporting the POTUS, the NRA, Legal Immigration and Christmas are NOT hateful regimes you little indoctrinated pieces of shit!! Stop drinking the Democratic Borg and MSM propaganda koolaid!! The world does not revolve around your feelings you major fuckups!!

Hawk3699
Hawk3699

Well, Mt Holyyoke seems to have a bunch of pansies for students. I was going to back up the chief on his right to speak, but he backtracked on his positions. Good luck to both factions. I feel sorry for our youth, as they don't seem to be able to accept adverse opinions. Ultimately, the schools administrators are the ones that are kowtowing to the student opinion. Too bad. I've had with the liberals.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

What a pussy, I had his back until he groveled like a bitch. Let me get this straight, he liked the duly elected POTUS, the 2A defending NRA and LEGAL immigration and he apologized for his bias, fuck him.

stooge819
stooge819

I...I...I got nothin

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

A direct illegal attack on his First Amendment! Panty waist student will never grow up! Suspension was bullsh#t!

61mouse
61mouse

These students are NEVER GOING TO SURVIVE the REAL world

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

The chief is a fucking broke dick moron who has no business in law enforcement let alone being a chief. If he is apologizing to these little pricks and he is afraid to be an American screw him. He needs to be replaced by a gay transvestite who identifies as a black native American who is a white nationalist.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

I have no respect for a man like that and there right he doesn't need to be chief but because he's a coward i would never give up my beliefs for a bunch of whiny little turds. Trying to get them to like him and trying to save his job (which he's not going to do) he coward down and lost the respect that hundreds of thousands law enforcement officers would have had for him and millions of Americans, great job bozo!!!

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

Will thesev petulant children ever realize that following the law and holding a different opinion than their uneducated opinions is not hate? They all need a spanking and sent to her without supper. And these immature children can vote!!!???

Gramercy
Gramercy

Ya know what? Maybe the campus police should remove themselves from the premises...let those students "fend for themselves!" No need for apologies. Those students are exactly that, "students"...for now, they are under the guidance of the school and paid/elected officers..unless the department chooses to close its doors at the campus. Tired I am of students telling "engaged adults" what they should or should not be doing...just tired of it. Students, you don 't like it? As Judge Judy might say..LEAVE! The door works both ways!

mollynewlon
mollynewlon

Gee...and college is supposed to offer the opportunity to learn different points of view? These snowflakes will have a tough time in the real world if they ever must think for themselves.

bronx163
bronx163

Well where is commie ACLU? this is a violation of the Chiefs First Amendment rights.

bronx163
bronx163

GOOD FOR YOU CHIEF FUCK THESE SHIT BAG LIBERALS. TEUMP WILL BE RE-ELECTED NOV. 8 2020.

Whiskey5jda
Whiskey5jda

This is what you get when you let the inmates run the insane asylum. IDGAF who the PD Chief likes on FB, unless it's the KKK or other terrorist groups, as long as they can do the job. These "kids" need to learn they can't have it their way all the time. They need to grow up, shut up, and adult up.

Lochemet
Lochemet

Tell me, is every college in America a College of Snowflakes. This is absurd. This isn't any different than parents who are completely manipulated by their spoiled children. Every time they cry or make a scene, the parents buy them something.

Marijune
Marijune

What a pansy ass!! I wouldn't want a chief in charge of my school or my town that would back down any time someone challenged him. If you believe in Trump, the wall, & freedom of gun ownership then stand by your choices!!

billmc972
billmc972

Who really gives a crap about those snowflakes feelings.

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

Seriously, fuck these snowflakes. Rule #1 with crybullies - Never apologize! It makes you look weak and like you did something wrong, and they’re never satisfied by the groveling anyway. Stand your ground, and tell them to get fucked.

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

It’s easy to see who runs that insane asylum; the bullying children that attend it do! And it appears at face value that the schools faculty are either afraid of these bullies or they side with them! Probably both! And I see there’s a related story involving these bullies who had no balls to show up to make good their threats. F’ing cowards!!!!!

trainbuff
trainbuff

Good God are you kidding me! They need to grow up and quickly because once they get out in the real world, this pennyany nonsense will not be tolerated.

All I can say is; Merry Christmas, Shalom, Happy Easter, Happy Resurrection Day, Trump; build that wall, I hate illegals sucking off America's welfare tits that I as a taxpayer have to pay into. And don't even get me started on lgbtq, you're all going to hell if you don't change your ways.

wmc50
wmc50

@JLo1; OMG, someone is going to see that I liked your post and fire me from my job..WTFE. What a bunch of horseshit this whole situation is. The chief and all the officers should take a walk and leave these snowflakes to fend for themselves.