Getting arrested isn’t for sissies
By Rebekah Paulson
I was arrested by Virginia Tech police for civil disobedience in Stadium Woods along with four other protesters in the rare old-growth urban forest on Oct. 12. We objected to vehicular parking on the root zones of the ancient trees, some of which are 400 years old, by football players, their two paid security guards and others working for the Tech Athletic Department.
We were criminally charged with “disorderly conduct” and face fines as well as jail time if convicted in Montgomery County General District Court on Dec. 13 (“Stadium Woods backers arrested during protest,” Roanoke Times front-page article, Oct. 13).
Paulson is executive director of The Friends of Stadium Woods. She lives in Blacksburg.