This summer we have seen three cases of college students being murdered dominate headlines. While one of those cases ended this July with one person sentenced to life in prison, two cases have opened up within the past couple of months.
In June 2017, Ying Ying Zhang, a visiting scholar from China at the University of Illinois, was kidnapped and brutally raped and murdered. Her body still has not been found but her murderer was found guilty in June 2019 and sentenced to life in prison with no hope of release.
In June 2019, University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck went missing after surveillance footage showed her getting into her ride from a Lyft driver at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Her remains were later recovered and the suspect, who was banned from the University of Utah campus in 2012, was arrested after being cited as a person of interest.
On July 20, 2019, police discovered the body of University of Mississippi student Ally Kostial. She disappeared after a night out at a bar and her suspected murderer was arrested days later. According to The Blaze, Kostial’s friends believe she was murdered because she refused to have an abortion.
All of these cases are unfortunate reminders that students need to take extra precautions to stay safe on campus. Here are a few tips students can take to make sure they avoid situations that can get out of hand quickly.
Walk In Groups
If you are walking around campus after dark make sure you are in groups. Even if you are at a popular bar near campus or around town make sure you have people with you as well, since people who are intent on causing harm are more likely to approach you if you are on your own. If you end up alone, campuses frequently offer a walking service to have security escort you back to your dorm or apartment.
Use Extreme Caution While Using Ride Sharing Services
While ride sharing services are great for a speedy way home, you should make sure you know who your driver is and make sure they know who they are picking up. If something seems uncomfortable, cancel your ride immediately. If the driver won’t leave you alone, call the police. If you are in a group make sure you stay with them the whole time, from the time you arrive at your destination to the time everyone is back home. Make sure there is at least one person from your group in each car you order through a rideshare app as well.
Stay Within Limitations
When out at a bar or going to a friend’s place to drink, stay within your limits and make sure everyone else does as well. This will make it easier to keep track of everyone with you and stop someone from causing serious harm to you or one of your friends. Also, if something does happen, it will be easier for you to remember every detail if you stay within your limits and have to speak with authorities about an incident.
Long story short, make sure you always go to places like the gym, library, bar, or restaurants in groups after dark or stay in well lit places. Make sure everyone you are with has a plan on what to do if something does happen and make sure they are on their best behavior. Following these tips will increase your chances at arriving at your destination safely and staying safe while out and about.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.