ATF agents are always on alert for anything suspicious ? including ninjas.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents, on campus Tuesday for Project Safe Neighborhoods training, detained a ?suspicious individual? near the Georgia Center, University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said.
Jeremiah Ransom, a sophomore from Macon, was leaving a Wesley Foundation pirate vs. ninja event when he was detained.
After being held in investigative detention, he was found to have violated no criminal laws and was not arrested.
Thank God the University is ninja-free. But had he been a real ninja, they never would have seen him.
The story as a whole is pretty funny because on the one hand you can see how the agents would be concerned. I mean seeing a ninja running around would look like a ?suspicious individual? to me, too. And if they did nothing and there was a real threat then that would be bad. Now I doubt they said “oh, look! a ninja – lets get him before he assassinates the emperor” but, and I quote, ?Seeing someone with something across the face, from a federal standpoint ? that?s not right.?
Seeing someone. With something. That?s not right. Ladies and gentlemen, your tax dollars at work. “Ransom-san” was wearing black sweatpants and an athletic T-shirt with one red bandanna covering the bottom half of his face and another covering the top of his head. So we can assume that he was not a ninja, he could have been a gang member or a bank robber or something. Now what gets interesting is how he describes the situation. ?It was surreal,? Ransom said. ?I was jogging from Wesley to Snelling when I heard someone yell ?freeze.?? While ATF special agent in charge Vanessa McLemore said agents noticed Ransom peering around a corner and when police sirens sounded, he took off running. Interesting…
You may be asking “So why was he dressed like a pseudo ninja anyways?” Well it was all part of a
Ninja vs. Pirate day started as an innocent way to meet people and invite them to the Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist group on campus.
Ninjas were supposed to say, ?Hi-ya doing?? while pirates would introduce themselves to students with a ?How arrrr you doing??
So why were ATF agents there? The agents were on campus for Project Safe Neighborhoods, a training program they put on for state and local law enforcement. Tuesday?s program was hosted by University police.