On April 29th, Peabody Energy representatives were in Gillette. The company held its annual shareholders meetings at Gillette College. The event also drew some protesters. Campus Police Officer Chad Trebby described the day as busier than most but he felt it was a successful one for the college, as well as Peabody. Trebby added that three arrests of protesters did occur yesterday, and said the arrests were made for misdemeanor trespassing infractions.
One of those arrested was a female spotted behind the building with a backpack. Trebby said when an officer approached the woman, she fled from the officer. The suspect then gained access to the roof of a campus building by scaling a tree and hung a banner from the building.
Trebby said that there appeared to be two types of protesters at the event. Environmentalists made up one group, and members of the United Mine Workers of America were another. UMWA members had communicated with area media throughout the last several days about their concern over possible health benefits cuts on the horizon. Trebby saw some interaction between the two groups but said they each conducted themselves differently.
“The left hand seemed to know what the right hand was doing, but there was a distinction between the groups. The United Mine Workers were compliant and just had a message that they wanted to be heard; and the other side seemed to push the line a little bit more.”---Trebby