I received the below email in my student email box today. It is about an assault that occurred last night at my local community college. I attended classes last night, I was in the same parking lot as the victim was at the same time she was. This could have been me. Nevada needs campus carry. Our college police officers are not able to be everywhere preventing every incident, so we the potential victims need something to make up for that. We need to be able to carry on campus.
I want to annoy TMCC into realizing where I’m coming from on this. On campus there are these little blue phones you can use to call for an escort to your car when you’re on campus at night. But no one uses them. It takes a long time for your escort to arrive, the parking lot is generally lit and there tend to be students all around you in the parking lot, plus most nights everyone gets home safe, so the blue phones go unused. What if we could get everyone who wants to carry on campus, everyone who worries about their safety on campus to ring the blue phone after every class?
Ring and ring and ring.
Until it dawns on TMCC that they do not have the ability to be everywhere, that they can’t protect us better than we can protect ourselves, that campus carry is in there best interest or at least that it would calm down the ever-ringing phone.
Anyway, here’s the email:
“Timely Warning Notification, Oct. 20, 2010
This notice is for your awareness as you are a current student or employee at Truckee Meadows Community College:
On Tuesday Oct. 19, 2010, at approximately 8:50 p.m., police responded to a 911 call for assistance at the TMCC Dandini Campus. A female student reported that on the same date at approximately 6:45 p.m. she was walking in parking lot F when she was struck from behind and rendered unconscious by an unidentified person. When she regained consciousness she discovered the subject was gone, money was missing from her pocket and she may have been the victim of sexual assault. The TMCC Police Department continues to investigate this incident. If you have any information, please contact TMCC PD at 775-674-7900 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
All students are encouraged to review the college’s safety tips found online at http://staysafe.tmcc.edu
The Truckee Meadows Community College Police Department is responsible for issuing timely warnings in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092(f). Timely warnings will be issued in response to reported crimes.
Note: This is an official message from TMCC’s emergency e-mail communication system. Your privacy is important to TMCC. Your name and contact information is not viewable by other students, faculty or staff.”