Saturday, March 14, 2015

Criminal minds can go to school

(This post was written on March 13, 2015.)

Last night, I read a Facebook status about a crime in our college involving a smartphone. So I asked the student representatives there about what happened. I feared for the worst but hoped for the best. The representatives said that the administration and student government are still investigating.

Starting today, the college administration has imposed  a curfew from 9:00 pm onwards for classes and from 10:00 pm onwards for events. In the past, we can study until midnight at school. Now, everybody's safety and security is at stake in our own college.

1. Investigate the incident soon and disseminate the results of the investigation. If there is a crime, don't reveal the name of the victim. But I believe we can say the name of the perpetrator and the basic facts of the crime so that this never happens again.

2. If there is no crime, the college should let the truth be known and stop the rumors. We should not allow people to tarnish the good name of the college and the reputations of honest students, professors, and staff.

3. If there was a crime, we should help the victim survive this problem. We should refer her to the best medical help, psychiatric counseling, and legal aid. If the victim chooses to file a case, we should help prosecute, try, and convict the perpetrator.

4. Improve security. If we can have closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) cameras in the college, that would help security. The college already has several security guards and has imposed a curfew from 10:00 pm onwards. 

I believe the best way to improve security is to investigate the event immediately, tell the truth, hold people accountable, and look after the welfare of everyone in the college.

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