National campus safety awareness

By TIM PAYTON

Staff Writer

Colleges across the country are aware of the campus safety issue. With the number of college campus shootings that have taken place, many college students have become worried about their safety on campus.
ABC News reports there has been 31 school shootings since Columbine in 1999. Many parents are starting to question the college security and police across the country. Most colleges still haven’t made any changes, but at the same time, there are some colleges that have made major changes.
Not only have shootings taken place at college campuses, but also many shootings have occurred at high schools, movies theatres, malls, and work places. Therefore, our country has a safety issue, period. On the flip side of things, many individuals need to be careful on how people treat others. Bullying has contributed significantly to campus shootings. There are sexual assaults that have taken place on campuses nationally. According to http://www.justice.gov/ovw/sexualassault, it is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.
According to cnsnews.com on November 8, 2015, Faisal Mohammad, a student who attended the University of California committed a campus crime. Police say that eighteen-year-old Faisal Mohammad of Santa Clara, California, burst into a college classroom on Wednesday morning armed with a hunting knife after being kicked out of a study group. Mohammad stabbed people inside the classroom and stabbed more people as he fled the building.  While in pursuit, police later shot him dead. The four victims are expected to survive. California University resumed classes two days after the freshman student stabbed and wounded those four people.
Adacia Avery Chambers of Stillwater, Oklahoma, was arrested at the scene after she crashed a car into a crowd of spectators at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade, killing four people including a two-year-old child. Three adults were also pronounced dead at the scene. A total of 44 people were injured along with four children and three adults that were hospitalized at OU Medical Center. Chambers was reported as being intoxicated.
According to “Staying safe on campus,” an article published on NYTimes.com in 2012, there are four ways to stay safe on a College Campus.
1.  Know the campus safety offerings. It’s important that all parents, known that their children campus offers in the way of safety services. Important things like safe rides and campus emergency phones that are really standard fare on most college campuses today.
2.  Provide details. Offering information about the services in conversations with your child. If he or she does like walking on campus after dark, it’s important to talk about staying in groups and taking advantage if the safe ride option.
3. Discuss staying connected. When a student’s colleges offers an emergency notification system (and it’s very likely it does), make sure that the student is signed up to receive e-mails and text messages.
4.  Avoid walking on campuses by your self. This is especially important for students at night. It’s really easy to become very comfortable on campus, to the point where you let your guard down a lot.

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