Rutgers Students: Why No Crime Alert, Statement After Former Student's Death?

The student body posted a petition on change.org following former student Billy McCaw's death in February.

Following a letter to the editor submitted to Patch last week, the parent of a Rutgers University student is bringing attention to a petition aimed at instituting a more cohesive alert system between the Rutgers and New Brunswick police departments.

The petition, posted on change.org by the University’s student body, is titled: Email Rutgers community regarding William McCaw’s murder and develop a cohesive crime alert system & strategic safety plan between the NBPD and the RUPD, and is addressed to University President Robert Barchi.

Jacqui Klein’s daughter, Jenna, personally knew McCaw, the former student who was found dead in a backyard in New Brunswick last month. McCaw's death was ruled a homicide and is under investigation.

“This murder happened just 6 blocks from where my daughter lives ‘off-campus,’” Klein said in an email blast Monday morning. “There was and still has been no crime alert sent to the Rutgers community since it is not official Rutgers property.  The murderer is still at large and there is no cohesive system between the Rutgers PD and New Brunswick PD for safety and crime alerts.”

The petition reads, in part:

“We as a student body feel that Rutgers University has overlooked this horrific event for too long. We feel both unsafe in our campus community and disrespected that our administration has ignored our grief and cries for help.

“There have been multiple student-organized events in Billy’s honor, including a candlelight vigil with over 300 attendants and a Rutgers basketball game with a moment of silence to remember his love for the school and its athletics. Students have also organized a fundraiser to support Billy’s family in their time of need, which has so far raised over $26,000. We do not understand why our university has ignored what is clearly so important to its students.

“Rutgers - it is never too late to do the right thing. Let your students teach the university this time. Billy McCaw left a lasting impression on our community. Acknowledge it, express sympathy, and inspire confidence that safety concerns are important for every human being in your community.”

To read and/or sign the full petition, visit change.org.

Gordo K March 04, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Liz, you have no knowledge of me or my children. But I can assure you that they'd not be wandering around a back yard at 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., party or no party.
Liz March 04, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Gordo, you are correct, I have no knowledge of you or your children. What I DO know, is that you do not have a child living either on or off Rutgers campus or you would be as outraged as the rest of the Rutgers parents and students are.
Jarhead March 04, 2014 at 06:12 PM
College age "children". Where are their parents? Children should not be out and about at that hour. Perhaps if they were an adult son or daughter they should be responsible for their actions. But " child"? Give me a break.
Gordo K March 04, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Despite your acknowledgment, Liz, you continue to make assumptions about me, my children, and Rutgers. You conclude, because I express no outrage akin to yours, that I have no children at Rutgers. Your outrage is an emotion, not a result of rational thought. Now I will make an assumption, that you participated in the decision as to where your child should be housed. Security and safety would have been elements considered. You and your "child" accepted responsibility for his or her personal safety. These students are young adults who occasionally conduct themselves irresponsibly. Rutgers is not a babysitter. New Brunswick is not always a nice town. Sometimes hideous crimes take place. Finally, I am rather confident that if the victim had been a faceless homeless person, this hue and cry would not be occurring.
Jarhead March 05, 2014 at 01:39 PM
I have a great idea. Cut the salaries of the football and women's basketball head coach's by 50% and you could hire 100 police to patrol the areas 24/7. Or else, hire the police and raise tuition by 10%. Then feel free to party on! Feel safer now?


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