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USC's Pastides: Five Points after midnight is not safe

Harris Pastides (Source: sc.edu) Harris Pastides (Source: sc.edu)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Is Columbia's Five Points safe? It's a question that continually comes up after what seems like a flurry of violence.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides says the shooting that paralyzed an 18-year-old student should be a turning point.

"It is evident that Five Points after midnight is not currently a safe enough place for our students or for anyone," claimed Pastides.

Pastides says there are several things that can be done to improve safety in the dining and entertainment district. 

First, Pastides wants an increased law enforcement presence in the area.

"There should be an increased deployment of sworn officers who will focus on the prevention of criminal activity," said Pastides.

Pastides is also hoping to see all businesses in the area closed at 2 a.m.

Another option Pastides suggests turns Five Points into a pedestrian-only area on Friday and Saturday nights.

As for the university's part in ensuring the safety of students, Pastides says the school will promote and provide other activities for students on weekends rather than having them go to Five Points.

"We cannot let this happen again," said Pastides of the shooting. "This student has been described as 'determined, a very hard worker and a fighter.' In tribute to her tenacity, let us also be determined. Let us work hard to ensure that Five Points and our entire city is safe and ours to enjoy."

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