By KATHRYN RICHARDSON | Staff Writer
Recent crimes committed on campus may encourage students to carry prohibited weapons, including pepper spray or mace, as a method of self defense.
APSU policy, which mirrors the policy of the Tennessee Board of Regents, states that all students have signed a code of conduct stating they will not have any type of weapon on campus.
“If we saw a student walking around with pepper spray the first thing we would do is confiscate it. The second thing we’re going to do is identify the student because you are required to provide your student I.D. to any officer on campus. We would then refer it over to Dean Singleton for further disciplinary action,” said APSU Public Safety Supervisor, Lt. Carl Little.
Little said if a student is carrying pepper spray or mace and has never been sprayed, they won’t know how someone will react to it. Learning its effect is important to know how the chemical reacts. “Anything you do in a defensive manner requires practice,” Little said.
There are two classes offered at APSU for learning defensive techniques. W.R.A.P.S (Women’s Rape Awareness Prevention and Survival) is a 12-week self defense program specifically for women. This is a martial arts based course instructed by the SSF Academy.
The National Standard in Self Defense Education, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) is a class offered by campus police at APSU. There is a $20 fee and each class is required to have a minimum of five participants.
RAD teaches women how to avoid rape situations and demonstrates techniques to get an attacker off long enough to get away or attract attention.
“Attackers can easily pick up on a person’s day to day patterns. This provides the attacker with information to know where they want to set up and stop you in that route,” Little said.
To ensure safety, APSU student, faculty and staff should program the campus police number in their phone on speed dial. In the case of emergency, time is often limited. Dialing each number wastes a lot of time.
Some students on campus are concerned for their safety number wastes a lot of time.
Some students on campus are concerned for their safety and believe pepper spray should be permitted.
“We should be able to carry pepper spray because you don’t know what’s going on on campus and you don’t know everybody on campus. You never know what’s going to happen and as of right now the campus is not well lit,” said sophomore Kaneshia Williams.
“I want to keep hearing students input on this issue, and I’ve been relaying this to the Senators,” said SGA president Kenny Kennedy.
Kennedy said he certainly understands why young women have the desire to use pepper spray and mace while on campus. TAS