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USC students offer ideas to curb crime in Five Points

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Students at the University of South Carolina have their own ideas about how to make Five Points safer after a fellow student was paralyzed following a shooting there.

Student government leaders held this meeting on Monday and say they will take suggestions presented to them and push them to the schools administration and to city police.

Several students who took the microphone wished Martha Childress a speedy recovery while every suggestion was focused on trying to prevent another senseless shooting.

"It's inspiring to see that we can rally together as the Carolina community, to address an issue that is so important to one of our own," said one student.

Several ideas were floated. One student's idea was to have the bars issue wristbands. The people without bands would be asked to leave.

"The loitering laws are there, there are cruising laws, there are ordinances for our city that aren't being enforced," said a student.

Another student suggested bringing back a shuttle service between the bars and campus. Students claim trying to catch a cab home is often difficult. Uping the number of officers in the area, also came up. Including the idea of adding university police officers to the Five Points patrol.

"I would suggest, if we need more manpower, to pull from them as well because without the students of this university, Five Points would have little to no business," said a student.

But others argue the business of Five Points comes from more than just USC and its students, and fixing the problems there should involve more of the community, including the other two colleges -- Benedict and Allen.

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