How safe are college campuses?

By Jason Moran
October 8, 2009

Since the murder of 24-year-old Yale student Annie Le, some students have begun to question their own safety on campus. Police found Le’s body stuffed into a utility compartment behind a wall in the research building where she worked on Yale’s campus.

Police charged 24-year-old Raymond Clark III with Le’s murder after his hair, fingernail and saliva samples matched him with the evidence at the crime scene. Le and Clark worked together in the laboratory at night where Le experimented on mice and Clark cleaned the mouse cages and floor.

Due to Clark being a late-night employee at Yale, some students across the country are nervous about the fact that some of the administration and employees at colleges and universities have access to buildings after class hours. This nervousness could propel some campuses to take extra precautions in order to keep their students safe. Some students feel as though there should be a limit on the amount of access granted to their campus staff.

I think that taking extra precautions wouldn’t be necessary in order to keep our campuses safe. The Annie Le murder received a lot of publicity due to her disappearing just a couple days before her wedding and because she was a Yale student.

When a story like this gets the national media attention it does, it automatically brings people to have concerns and fears. People get scared because they think that if it could happen to someone like Le it could happen to them. I feel as though college campuses are a safe place during the day and night. What happened to Le was an unfortunate event and was shocking but I don’t think it came as a result of a lack of security. This horrible crime shouldn’t pressure colleges to step up security measures across the country in order to make their students feel safe.

“This incident could have happened in any city, in any university or in any workplace. It says more about the dark side of the human soul than it does about the extent of security measures,” New Haven Police Chief James Lewis, said in a message sent to the Yale community.

I strongly agree with Lewis’

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