LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In reality, WKU is actually safe

Kalu Njoku

To the “Peter Pans” of WKU who spend time childishly tweeting and posting statuses about how WKU is a haven for thugs, a crime-ridden university, etc., I kindly advise you to grow up.

Before people begin labeling this campus as unsafe, try stepping outside of yourself, or outside of the campus for that matter, and realize that absolutely nothing is completely safe, and WKU is safer than you think.

According to StateUniversity.com, in 2010, WKU scored an 87.37 safety rating, giving it the rank of 209 of the top 450 safest schools in the nation. I highly doubt the total amount of crimes per 1000 students since 2010 will change our ranking significantly. While the severity of crime is also something worthy of discussion, we must also recognize that just because a crime that happens involves WKU students does not mean it was on campus (ex: Lava Lounge).

Campus PD, text alerts and emergency phones placed on campus can only do so much. There comes a point where the responsibility falls on us. While I often doubt the intelligence of many people, I hope to find solace in the fact that we somewhat prioritize self-preservation. If a place seems unsafe, don’t go. Don’t travel in the dark alone. There is always strength in numbers. If you want to better defend yourself, learn how to do so. Be aware of your surroundings and situations at all times. At the end of the day, the only thing that can protect you 24/7 is you.

Kalu Njoku

WKU employee