False allegations of attempted VSU poisoning
VSU police investigated allegations of a poisoning attempt at the Oak Street parking lot Monday.
At around 11:30 pm on Monday, March 1, two students were moving their cars from the Oak parking lot when they noticed two people walking by.
“My friend saw two rough people,” said one of the students, a visiting friend who said she was in the process of moving to VSU and who wishes to remain anonymous. “Therefore, she called the campus police and she and I went back to campus. Campus police checked and called us back with information. The UPD was actually useful, unlike most of the rumors spread around. “
The student then recalled returning to her car the next day and finding a blue lanyard on her car. He also reported that 10 minutes after grabbing the lanyard, he experienced symptoms including bloodshot eyes, nausea, and migraines.
“I went to the doctor, and my doctor said it was unusual for my symptoms to be this severe in such a short time and he mentioned chloroform,” she said. “As I said, we still have no idea what caused this reaction, but I thought and my doctor thought it was too random.”
VSU issued a statement on March 4 stating that there were no threats of kidnapping or sex trafficking and that university police responded to a report of two suspects in the parking lot on the same day, but verified that both were known people.
“The people involved have been identified and are in dialogue with VSUPD. At this time, the incident does not appear to be as aggravated as initially perceived. “
The VSU also stated that the illnesses the student experienced did not appear to be related to the accident and that the blue lanyard keys left on the student’s car were found by the student who lost them.
VSU students shared screenshots of the incident to make sure everyone is aware of it and to stay safe on campus. Some VSU students have also voiced their opinion on the VSU app allegations.
Kierra Slaughter, a second-year nursing graduate student, said she was frustrated that this attempt was possible and wants VSU to take on more responsibility for campus safety.
“VSU needs to require people to show their IDs or something when they come to this campus because the next time it happens; someone could get hurt or worse, “Slaughter said.” Anyone can just walk into this campus. “
Kameron Lewis, a senior history expert, also said that as a male student he is afraid not only for himself but also for female students.
“Valdosta State University what are you doing? Like for real, even if we pay all this money and don’t even have a clue about security, “Lewis said.” I know these cameras don’t even work and I always have to watch my back whenever the sun goes down on this campus. I feel so like a boy, God knows how female students feel. Mind you, females make up the majority of the student body. For example, come on, are you ready to send student loan reminders. Where does the money go? “
Rahmel Gordan, senior computer scientist and president of Collegiate Men, said he had heard of the incident and decided to act quickly by rallying its members to help escort the students to their cars.
“We’ve actually done something similar before by exchanging our contact information with that of our sister organization, Collegiate Women, but I think it’s important to reach out not just to them, but to any woman on campus who may have someone who can call them or quickly escort them to their destination, “he said.
Gordan hopes his organization’s efforts to support campus security will foster unity and attract administration attention.
“Hopefully (accompanying female students) will open the eyes of the administration to try and create an even better game plan to keep the campus safe,” she said. “It should also show all students that we cannot rely solely on VSU PD to keep us safe, but we must unite to keep the campus safe for everyone and not to have anything like what happened recently to happen. new . “
The student who reported the parking accident said she wants to share her story to make the campus aware of not only the accident but of UPD’s support throughout it.
“I’d just like to raise awareness and stop the rumors that the campus police didn’t care because they were more than willing to help in any way they could,” he said.
This story was last updated at 5:15 pm. on March 4th
Story courtesy of Lenah Allen, managing editor. Photo courtesy of the Valdosta State University.