A female student was robbed at gunpoint on the campus of Clark Atlanta University, raising questions as to whether inadequate security on campus contributed to the event. Campus police called the Atlanta Police Department after hearing about the incident.
The young victim said that four young men approached her and one of the men held a gun to her head. He threatened to shoot her if she did not comply with their demand, which was for her to hand over all her belongings. Although robberies at Clark Atlanta University are not common, nearby Georgia Tech and Georgia State University have increased police presence on campus to decrease the number of robberies.
The robbery victim is emotionally distressed and is considering not returning to the university. She lives in a dormitory on campus, and her mother has stated that the college needs to be more proactive in protecting the student population.
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Source: Cascade Patch, "Female Clark Atlanta Student Robbed at Gunpoint on Campus," Marc Richardson, Nov. 14, 2012