Safest Colleges in US (Part I)

Protecting our children doesn’t stop when they go to college. We want to make sure that they are safe while they earn their degrees.

College years should be the most magical time in a person’s life. From falling in love parties, and changing majors to the experience of pressure and stress that guarantees friends for life, celebrating successes, and learning from failures. Having a safe environment to do this is of the utmost importance.

And for parents sending their children off to college, safety is typically a chief concern. It is usually the first time that their children are on their own, living independently outside of the home. Picking a school with a good reputation for security and a low possibility for dangerous threats allows parents to breathe easier once their son or daughter is off to earn a degree.

Here is my list of the Safest Colleges in America

Due to the numerous variables in play like location, campus size, and culture, coming up with a fair and accurate ranking is a challenge. Some may say that campuses that rank high on a safety list have better PR in place instead of really being safer.

While these are real concerns (it is always suggested that prospective students and their parents visit the colleges to see and feel the campuses for themselves), I do feel that we have been able to rank objectively and fairly. Not only have we used data submitted to the FBI, but we have also looked over this data relative to the surrounding area of the campus.

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee

Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee takes a wide range of measures to guarantee campus safety. They’re campus police and security team providing services such as:

  • Door locks and unlocks
  • Patrols
  • After hours escort service
  • Camera monitoring
  • Dispatching for both emergency and non-emergency situations

 

Also, students can call an anonymous tip line to report to the campus police. Besides submitting crime reports to the FBI, they have an annual security report and perform Sex Offender Registry searches.

Safest Colleges in US (Part II)

 

South Georgia State College

You can rest easier knowing that you’re children are attending a safe college like these.

Douglas, Georgia

To guarantee safety, South Georgia State College has created the Live Safe security app which offers a simple way of communicating campus safety problems. It has features that encourage safety and awareness on campus. ​From the app, students can straightway contact the campus police with video, text, photo, or audio. The Go Safe feature provides access to security escorts and safe walks on campus. ​With the app, students also have access to alerts and a range of resources enhancing security.

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

The security staff of Elon University lives by a set of standards that guarantee the campus is safe and enjoyable for all who study, live, and work there:

  • ​All people should be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Officers must strive to garner the community’s trust by the way in which they conduct themselves.
  • The property, life, and human rights of all people must be protected.
  • An open exchange of ideas and information benefits both our department and the University community.
  • Elon University and every member of the department must support the mission for it to be achieved.
  • Every department must strive to be receptive, progressive, and innovative in the performance of their duties.

Jackson State Community College

Jackson, Tennessee

The website of Jackson State Community College has several resources on security and safety including yearly reports from the past four years. One may also find reading material about:

  • Personal Safety
  • Emergency Management Guidelines
  • Domestic Violence Information
  • Possession and Use of Weapons

 

John Wood Community College

QUINCY, ILLINOIS

John Wood Community College is a tiny campus in Quincy, Illinois. It is a two-year, open admissions college, ranking as one of the safest in the nation. The college has a 100% acceptance rate and a 50% graduation rate. Of all the graduates, over 85% are employed within two years of graduation.

 

Should Teachers Carry Guns? (Part III)  

 

Many educators think carrying a concealed weapon is a bad idea, including school shooting survivors themselves.

Some teachers who were involved in school shootings disagree with being armed on campus.

Second-grade teacher Abbey Clements was hiding with her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School as the school shooting was taking place. Clements had this to say: We’re not trained sharpshooters, we’re not trained, first responders. We are caregivers. I’m certain every teacher out there would say that we want school safety, but arming teachers isn’t the answer.”

“I feel we should have more security at school, but I don’t want our school to become a prison,” said Adeena Teres, a science teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the owner of a concealed-carry permit.

Jim Moffatt, a retired principal who was shot by a student at Fergus High School in Montana actively campaigns against legislative efforts to arm teachers.

While their numbers might be smaller than those who oppose carrying guns, there are teachers, principals, and superintendents who are for it.

Brian Teucke, an 8th-grade civics and economics teacher in Virginia said having a military background makes him somewhat of an aberration among his colleagues. He has a concealed-carry permit and would carry a gun to school.

His students, he said, have told him they would like that extra level of security. “I do think it’s reasonable for someone like me, but if you look at the landscape of US teachers as a whole, I don’t think it’s realistic,” he said.

Jeffrey Woofter, a former sheriff and the superintendent of West Virginia’s Barbour County school district, doesn’t think that every staff member should be armed. But he feels that trained staff should be able to carry concealed weapons or have access to concealed guns on campus.

“Schools are the same as sitting ducks since folks know that you aren’t allowed to carry in schools and that just makes them vulnerable,” Woofter said.