According to Daily Mail, Cambridge University Students’ Union has said that having military personnel at their freshers’ fair is ‘alarming’ for attendees and could ‘affect’ their mental health.
Students voted in favour of banning societies from bringing firearms to the annual fairs after union welfare and rights officer Stella Swain suggested those with mental health issues could find their presence ‘triggering’.
Ms Swain, who proposed the motion which passed with 55 per cent approval, said that the union was committed to demilitarisation efforts within the university, and therefore should not be a place for ‘military organisations to recruit’.
Former commander of the British Forces in Afghanistan Colonel Richard Kemp labelled the motion as ‘pathetic, to say the very least,’ the Daily Telegraph reported.
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