Saturday, a woman witnessed a man attempt to steal her purse
from her table in the library. From today’s front page story and
from photos from the surveillance video, it seemed she received
little help from fellow students and library employees.
Witnesses of the crime concur that the woman yelled that her
purse was being stolen and yet no one came to help her. Although he
no longer had her purse at that point, that does not mean he should
be left to walk away because he failed. If he isn’t caught, your
purse, computer or cell phone could be next.
We ask all students to look out for one another and come to aide
each other when situations such as these arise.
Students should not, however, place themselves in danger but
should do what they can to help a student in distress. Don’t expect
that someone else will come to the aid of someone in distress. Be
the one to help.
If nothing else, pick up a cell phone and call the police.
It comes down to being a helpful citizen and doing what you
would want people to do in if you were in that situation.
The editorial board hopes the man is apprehended and people
learn from the experience – both in helping other students and not
walking away from your personal belongings in a public place.