Students Not Very Worried About Shootings

CARBONDALE, Ill., Aug. 2 (UPI) — Illinois college students are not particularly worried about campus shootings, U.S. researchers say.

Researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale say most Illinois college students never expect to encounter a shooter on campus. However, students say they believe both they and faculty have a responsibility to report dangerous students and favor campus counseling staff share concerns about specific students with campus public safety personnel.

The survey by George Burruss, Matthew Giblin and Joseph Schafer indicates students report little fear of crime during the day, with the highest level of concern being about possible theft of electronic items, wallets or purses.

The students reported higher fear of crime at night than during the day — this included property crime and such violent crimes as mugging and sexual assault. However, the fear of being “shot at in a classroom” changed very little from night to day. Whether night and day, campus shooting was not a high concern.

The survey included more than 5,000 college students on six Illinois campuses during the 2009-2010 academic year.

“One of the things we noticed was how much similarity there is across different campuses,” researcher George Burruss says in a statement.

However, factors that predict perceptions of safety and risk seem to be, to some degree, location-specific, the researchers say.

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