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AMS Launches Campaign Against “Prank” Blue Light Pushes

September 12, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has launched a campaign aimed at reducing the number of malicious Blue Light pushes on campus. This campaign, undertaken by the AMS’ Commission of Internal Affairs and the Judicial Affairs Office, sends a simple message to students: that “prank” Blue Light pushes put their peers at risk.

The campaign to reduce malicious Blue Light pulls will involve posters around campus, and an active social media campaign. This campaign will broadcast the core message that Blue Lights exist to make campus safer and any action that turns them into a source of fun or humour can have grave consequences for others on campus. The posters, which can be found here and here, are a reminder to students that campus safety depends on proper use of emergency services, such as Blue Lights.

“This is something that has been a serious issue for far too long. This campaign will inform students that their Blue Light ‘pranks’ can have very serious consequences. Games that involve pushing Blue Lights for fun can make the system less responsive and ultimately end in tragedy for some people on campus. That should weigh on people’s minds, and hopefully will make people think twice before they go out and turn a valuable emergency service into a game. You wouldn’t pull a fire alarm for no reason, you shouldn’t push a Blue Light either. Our message is as simple as that.” – Liam Faught, Commissioner of Internal Affairs.

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, atcomm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

BACKGROUNDER 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.