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Letter to the editor

Safety first for college students

October 13, 2006

One of my past roommates and I attend the Minnesota Correction’s Association Conference every year in Duluth. When we were students and would go out, we would leave as a group and return as a group. We always made sure of this, or should I say she did. I’m reminded of this often, especially upon learning of a missing college student. Most recently — the case at UW-La Crosse.

To this day we follow this rule/advise, or what I call a best practice — even as adults when attending the upcoming conference. Unfortunately when I learn of a missing college student I think to myself and say to my family, friends and co-workers, ‘How can you leave your friend’s unattended?’ LEAVE AS A GROUP, RETURN AS A GROUP.

We followed this even if one of us met with someone. If my group of friends didn’t know the person, we would let the person part. My thoughts are that we learned to tend to each other from our floor RAs.

Martha Thomford
UW-RF alumna