Stop Mayor Walt Cobb Facebook Page Launched in Williams Lake
Williams Lake, B.C. – Williams Lake City Council’s crime initiatives have raised the ire of a local high school student.
17 year old Arthur McLellan, a grade 12 student at Williams Lake Secondary School, has launched the Facebook page ‘Stop Mayor Walt Cobb’ in response to council’s goal of injecting prolific offenders with GPS tracking chips.
“Well I was just concerned about his (Cobb’s) lack of regard for human rights,” he says. “From what I’m aware it’s illegal and biblically I’m also a Christian so it sounded a bit like the ‘Mark of the Beast’ to me.”
Williams Lake City Council passed a motion to endorse and support GPS tracking on prolific offenders last week.
It was in response to a disturbing apparent gunpoint robbery of a bicycle from a teenage boy in a popular park.
McLellan says he sympathizes with council’s concern but suggests there are other ways to “remedy crime.”
“Like a neighbourhood watch or putting cops on foot patrol in the general area. It happened right near the police department so I think increased police presence would help rather than injecting people with microchips.”
He says his Facebook page has received a mixed response so far.
“There’s been some negative and positive stuff too. They said it had a bit of a negative tone so I toned it down a little bit. But otherwise it’s been pretty good, people have been supportive.”
Regardless of what happens with council’s proposals, he figures they’ve already achieved their goal.
“They’re taking a page from Donald Trump and causing controversy on purpose. I think they deliberately put this out as an attention grabbing campaign. I hope they’re not taking it seriously.”