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Students rally for higher ed, threats made

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A group of students from universities and high schools across Louisiana will take to the steps of the Capitol late Wednesday morning.

They students said they will stand up for higher education. Louisiana State Police said it will be ramping up security at the Capitol. The rally is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and last until 2 p.m.

According to authorities, threats of disruptions, skirmishes and building blockages have been posted online.

"There are some groups, some small groups, that would like to come out here and cause some problems," said Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police. "We received information they've actually made phone calls that said, ‘What type of bond is set if a police officer is struck?' Those are silly things."

Organizers have said one of the big issues they will protest is budget cuts to higher education. The rally was reportedly organized by students and faculty from the University of New Orleans.

An event on UNO's campus back in September turned violent and a police officer was actually injured. Edmonson said he wants to prevent such a scene from repeating itself.

"Certainly, if we're dealing with people that want to act as adults, we want to help them. But, if they want to act in a manner less than that, then certainly, we'll be prepared for that," he added.

Edmonson said he expects anywhere from 400 to 1,000 people to attend the rally.

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