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Woolrich Gun Story Viral; She Clams Up
Taylor Woolrich ‘16 seems to have gone to ground after her story bounced around the Internet for several days. Her account of being denied permission to carry a gun on campus reached #1 on the hot news section of Reddit, where it had received almost four thousand comments as of early Sunday morning:
The story reached #10 on the overall section of the site.
However Woolrich then cancelled scheduled appearances on NBC’s Today Show and on Fox & Friends, and she issued a written statement to Today:
Woolrich later weighed in on Thursday to clarify her previous public statements, and noted that the university is taking steps to help her feel secure on campus.
“My intention was not to join the political debate on gun control, but to speak out about my situation in hopes of bringing awareness to the distressing challenges faced by victims of stalking,” she told TODAY in a statement.
“He is still awaiting trial… It’s a terrifying, emotional time for my family and me. I was concerned about not being able to protect myself once he is released from prison in the future. I think that my emotions on stage and my statements taken out of context online have led my message to be extremely misconstrued. At Dartmouth, we are a family. They are doing everything possible to ensure I’m safe and comfortable coming back to campus this fall.” [Emphasis added]
Sounds to me like the College effected some pretty good damage control last week. Woolrich, who is not on campus this summer with her sophomore classmates, went from an angry 2nd Amendment radical to happy College “family” member in just a couple of days.
Addendum: An editorial in yesterday’s Manchester Union Leader concludes:
It is understandable that college administrators want to keep guns off campus. But gun bans don’t do that. Nor do they keep students safe from rape, assault, or worse. If Dartmouth will not let Woolrich arm herself, the least it could do is provide her with an escort.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
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October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…