U of M students sound off on campus safety concerns - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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U of M students sound off on campus safety concerns

Tuesday afternoon, U of M students got face to face with school officials for a specially called meeting that gave students a chance to ask tough questions about safety concerns and the best way to address them.

From the moment school officials opened up this meeting for questions, students sounded off.

"I mean, like I'm scared like to go to my, walk by myself up to my room cause anybody could be out there," says student Keeshanda Eddings Student.

Robert Davis asked the panel, "Are yall thinking about adding security guards, maybe armed guards right there?"

The U of M's police director and other school officials got an earful about everything from the need for more police patrols to problems at some parking lot entrance gates.

"The way that its built someone could have easily blocked me in an robbed me right there because I had no where to go," said another student.

Students say their questions echo many concerns following the shooting death of Taylor Bradford.

"That's the only question on everybody's mind is how safe is campus and what can we do to make it more safe," adds Jennifer Gentry.

School officials did their best to assure students that everything is being done to keep the campus safe.

They said several steps are being taken to increase everything from police patrols, to campus lighting, to additional surveillance cameras.

New and faster text message and e-mail warning systems are also being putting in place to make the U of M more safe.

School officials also announced that they are going to add a breaking news component to their campus wide alert system.

The service will be in addition to the school's current Tiger Text alert program.

This new system will e-mail every student on topics from crime problems to severe weather.

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