SC Staff Writer
Lately, visiting the ESU website has been a little bit troubling.
“Reports from State Police have not changed. They continue to search for Eric Frein in an area between Barrett and Price Townships,” reads the website at first glance.
“The area is a distance away from ESU. Frein is considered armed and dangerous and all individuals living or traveling through that specific area are asked to use caution,” the website continues.
For the past few weeks, we’ve received emails about Frein and the school’s determination to keep students safe and alert.
At one point, campus was deserted after parents picked up their children to keep them safe.
Many crazed students, including myself, flooded professors’ emails asking if the campus was safe.
Students who live near ESU and make a quick commute have it a bit harder than those who travel from afar.
Student’s properties are being searched and watched, and they can’t do anything about it.
Student Amy Lukac is timid about traveling to school and home.
“Living very close to the area being searched, I’m definitely on edge and won’t even think about going outside at night by myself,” she said.
Frein is the alleged cop killer. I’m certainly no expert, but I’m sure Mr. Frein is not out to attack or hurt students.
We can’t be certain. However, students shouldn’t feel threatened when attending classes during the day or night.
The reason we have police officers and campus security is to protect us. Students should be focused on their work ahead, not who may or may not be lurking around in the woods miles away from campus.
If students want to feel a little more at ease about the chase for Frein, they should sign up for text alerts from the school.
I have the text alerts for weather cancellations, but they came in handy in the past few weeks to let me know when campus was on lockdown.
Although I was nowhere near campus during these scares, at least I knew what was going on and could let my friends and fellow students know the situation quickly.
All in all, students should be on their toes, but shouldn’t fret too much. This is a good time to review campus safety tips. Make sure you travel in packs at night, keep one earbud out when listening to music, and check your car before entering.
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