MSU Students On High Alert

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

Seeing a student walking alone on Michigan State's campus may be a thing of the past after this past week.

First a 19 year old is sexually assaulted in this parking lot outside of Fee Hall

Then an 18 year old is touched inappropriately outside of her dorm room.

Michigan State student Lauren Deitz says she encountered the suspect while he was in the building.

"He came to our door and asked if we wanted to give money, then he offered us pixie sticks," Deitz says.

One thing is for sure, after all the commotion parents and students alike want to make sure their children are safe going into the weekend.

"We were very concerned after we heard about it on the news," parent Maureen Bobolts says.

She says her son lives in Holden Hall and one of the reasons she drove down from Detroit today is to remind him how important it is to watch his surroundings on a big college campus.

"You have to be aware of your surroundings, you cannot take it for granted that you're going to be safe all the time," Bobolts says.

And that's something all parents should be doing says Sgt. Andrew Bouck of the East Lansing Police Department.

"There's a certain sense of false security being I'm here, I'm healthy, I'm having the time of my life, but you're not immune," Bouck says.

The East Lansing Police Department says one thing that is certainly working against college students is the fact that they're always on the cell phone, they say criminals prey on people who simply aren't paying attention.

"Have the cell phone in your hand just don't walk and talk at the same time," Bouck says.

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  • by Vanessa Location: Williamston on Jan 25, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    Simple precautions can be taken to avoid these situations. Small towns and large towns have perverts like this. MSU is more vulnerable because they have visitors and strangers all the time.
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