College Murders Focus Attention on Safety

March 14, 2008 10:37 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Campus safety is a big concern after the murders of three college students in less than a week, leading universities to step up security efforts.

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Students, parents and faculty are once again worried about the safety of college campuses after the recent murders of three students from Alabama’s Auburn University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Arkansas.

Even though the latest figures show that crime on campuses has declined, students are still on edge, especially after the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois.

Department of Justice numbers show the campus crime rate actually declined over a 10-year period, but those numbers only go up to 2004, before 32 people were killed at Virginia Tech in 2007.

Whether or not campus violence is on the rise, students and parents alike are taking precautions.

In the wake of the recent murders, some campuses are reminding students of safety features, such as late-night ride services. Auburn has increased its campus police presence, and UNC has started using a new emergency text messaging system since the murder last week.
University violence has also reinvigorated advocates on both sides of the gun control debate. Although some, such as writer John Farr, are calling for tighter restrictions, others, such as the nonprofit student organization called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, argue that students should be able top protect themselves by carrying firearms on campus.

Headline Link: ‘Students Careful After String of Campus Killings’

Opinion & Analysis: Why do campus shootings happen?

The issue of gun control

Related Topic: The problem with securing college campuses

Background: Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois

Reference: Campus safety tips and statistics


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