Student Eviction

PUBLISHED: 1:30 PM 2 Dec 2018
UPDATED: 6:37 PM 2 Dec 2018

Harvard Student Faces Eviction After Roommates Search Room, Found Legal Guns

Her roommates secretly searched her room and then called the landlord, but the legally owned firearms are causing her eviction.

Harvard graduate student Leyla Pirnie is being evicted after her roommates sneaked in her room and found legally owned guns. (Image credit, Washington Free Beacon)

Leyla Pirnie, a graduate student at Harvard, came home from a weekend and found that her Massachusetts roommates has rummaged through her private room, looking for guns.

After they found them, they contacted the landlord and the police, but now the landlord is evicting her because the roommates are “uncomfortable” and have “anxiety” over the fact that the Pirnie owns guns.

Pirnie, who is from Alabama, told the Washington Free Beacon “When I asked them why they were in my room to begin with, they each came up with completely contradicting stories … but one comment struck me in particular: ‘We saw that you had a MAGA hat and, come on, you’re from Alabama … so we just kind of assumed that you had something.'”

The self-meddling has caused a national outrage, as the landlord has given Pirnie two options: either pay the full rent and rent the house alone, or get out.

“I asked why they didn’t just call me and ask me before intruding. One of the girls responded that fear took over her body and she felt compelled to search my room until she found proof. … I cannot make this up.”

After sneaking in and searching her room like rats while she was away, the roommates contacted the landlord asking him to contact the police.

Lewis contacted Captain James Donovan of the Somerville Police Department to inspect Pirnie’s firearms and ensure they were in compliance with Massachusetts law. Pirnie agreed to allow the police to inspect her firearms, which were perfectly legal.

“We discussed with Leyla that all of us are uncomfortable with having firearms in the house, and that their presence causes anxiety and deprives us of the quiet enjoyment of the premise to which we are entitled,” one roommate wrote in an email to the landlord.

Dave Lewis, president of Avid Management, then requested Pirnie to vacate the premises, despite the authorities’ assurances that she complied with all gun-ownership laws.

“Since it’s clear that Leyla wants to keep her firearms, it would be best for all parties if she finds another place to live,” Lewis wrote in an email.

Pirnie told the outlet that she tried to reason with the roommates, but learned that reasoning with liberals is like talking to a tree.

“Nobody has bothered to question, ‘Well, why do you want to have protection? Could it be because you’ve experienced something where you need to protect yourself as you see fit?’” she said, noting that she was in a physically abusive relationship in the past. “I have a real and legitimate reason as to why I want to protect myself.”

“The student and her father tried to defuse the situation and rejected Lewis’ request to move out of the apartment, but the property manager insisted his request had nothing to do with politics and was strictly practical.”

He went on to warn Pirnie that if others move out, she will be responsible for paying their rent, which is $6000 each month.

Pirnie said the whole incident violated both privacy and rights, saying it “doesn’t seem right” that she has to bear the burden for her roommates’ feelings.

“I’m still very much so being threatened out of my apartment,” she said. “Either I leave and incur moving expenses or my roommates move and I incur their rent expenses… Doesn’t seem right.

“Not only is this a blatant violation of my privacy, but it’s also a violation of my rights,” she said.

Many people think that Pirnie has a case against the property owner, and possibly the meddling roommates.

It seems fairly obvious that these ‘enlightened’ students used bigoted thinking to assume someone from Alabama, who had a MAGA hat, would exercise her Second Amendment rights and sneaked around and are causing her eviction because of their ‘feelings.’

Such actions are sickening.