BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Several student-led organizations decided to hold a campus safety rally, due to the increasing amount of crime on LSU’s campus.
“1-2-3-4 we won’t take this anymore, 5-6-7-8, why is LSU not safe?” are the words that dozens of LSU students chanted at the LSU Playgrounds.
“We are raising awareness for the lack of concern that the LSU administration has seemly put toward campus safety,” said LSU feminist group organizer, Paola Colmenares.
Over the last few months, LSU has been a victim of an unfortunate amount of crime. According to reports, there’s been potential kidnappings and shootings near campus.
Students say it is a priority to have a better lighting system on campus.
Administration leaders say the school is currently working on getting a better system by the spring. Just a few days ago, the university released a video about its process for adding more lighting. However, the student says the university needs a blue light system installed.
The Blue light system is a series of lights that alert police when activated to those in danger.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Special Report on Campus Law Enforcement, they found that 100% of private schools (15,000+ students) have a blue light phone system, plus 92% of all university campuses.
According to an LSU official, the campus had a similar system with a call box and blue light on top. Due to the system not being active, the university decided that mobile phones are a safer option.
During the protest, the students were wearing barcodes on their poster signs or as a necklace. The barcode was for people to scan with their smartphones to view a list of everything the protestors are demanding for.
To view the list, click here.