Parent of UC student pushing for safety changes amid growing concerns over off-campus crime

The parent of a University of Cincinnati student robbed in broad daylight is speaking out for the first time. She’s warning other parents about the dangers off campus after her son was left traumatized. “You worry about your kids anyway, but this is a different kind of worry,” said this UC parent, who wants to stay anonymous because of the ongoing court case. She says her son was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight off campus.”He was just staring there talking and saw a man walking toward him,” she said. “He said as soon as he saw him walking towards him, he knew what was going to happen.” Her son quickly handed over his cell phone. Sadly, this wasn’t her son’s first incident since enrolling at UC. During his sophomore year, his car windows were smashed.”We got the car fixed, and eight days later, it happened again,” she said.Fed up with the ongoing violence, his mother posted to a “UC Parent Facebook Page.””The hope for me was to give the information to other parents whose students aren’t living within the confines of campus,” she said. “Because you hear and see it’s an urban campus. This is not a one-off.”The post went viral, with other parents speaking up about their safety concerns.”Being aware is great, but that doesn’t solve the problem,” she said.She hopes university officials and Cincinnati Police bring new solutions to address the violence.”I don’t want my son not to go to UC,” she said. “He loves it. That’s the catch-22 here. Me, as a parent, I love that he loves it. I do not love what’s surrounding that school.”

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The parent of a University of Cincinnati student robbed in broad daylight is speaking out for the first time. She’s warning other parents about the dangers off campus after her son was left traumatized.

“You worry about your kids anyway, but this is a different kind of worry,” said this UC parent, who wants to stay anonymous because of the ongoing court case.

She says her son was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight off campus.

“He was just staring there talking and saw a man walking toward him,” she said. “He said as soon as he saw him walking towards him, he knew what was going to happen.”

Her son quickly handed over his cell phone.

Sadly, this wasn’t her son’s first incident since enrolling at UC. During his sophomore year, his car windows were smashed.

“We got the car fixed, and eight days later, it happened again,” she said.

Fed up with the ongoing violence, his mother posted to a “UC Parent Facebook Page.”

“The hope for me was to give the information to other parents whose students aren’t living within the confines of campus,” she said. “Because you hear and see it’s an urban campus. This is not a one-off.”

The post went viral, with other parents speaking up about their safety concerns.

“Being aware is great, but that doesn’t solve the problem,” she said.

She hopes university officials and Cincinnati Police bring new solutions to address the violence.

“I don’t want my son not to go to UC,” she said. “He loves it. That’s the catch-22 here. Me, as a parent, I love that he loves it. I do not love what’s surrounding that school.”

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