News 20 at Five Investigation: Student Protection, Pt. 1
By Shanica Johnson, News 20 at Five Investigations
The spike in campus crime is causing students to spend money on more than must their textbooks. Instead of depending on campus security, students have decided to take matters into their own hands.
Literally, they’re purchasing hand guns, tasers and pepper spray to feel more safe when they’re walking around school.
Alex Folmer of Folmer’s Pawn Shop says, “Usually people come in groups, we have heard of a number of campus break-ins and people being concerned about safety.
Burglary and robbery offenses at public 4-year universities has doubled since 2003. A “Campus Gun” bill was in the works to allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus for self-defense. That was all before FSU student Ashley Cowie lost her life at a fraternity house party here in Tallahassee earlier last year.
Students are carrying guns, tasters and pepper spray in case of an emergency. I met with one student who says you don’t need all of that. He says defending yourself is as easy using your own body parts.
FAMU student Anthony Swan is apart of a campus karate class where he says he can legally “almost” kill someone.
If desperate times call for desperate measures, students are getting themselves prepared.