A Dartmouth student who has been the victim of stalking says she will “drop out” of the Ivy League school if they won’t allow her to carry a gun for self-defense.
20-year old Taylor Woolrich claims 67-year old Richard Bennett has “been stalking her since she was 16.”
According to the Daily Mail, Bennett is currently in jail in California–where Woolrich is from–“on charges of violating a restraining order filed by Woolrich.” Police say he had a “rape kit” in his car when apprehended. The kit included “a flashlight, gloves, binoculars, and a rope tied in a noose.”
Woolrich says she checks “the inmate lookup online” every morning to see if he’s been released.
“I feel safe for now,” she said, “but the day he gets out is the day I have to leave Dartmouth.”
Woolrich has asked the school to allow her to carry a gun for self-defense and even offered to get a concealed carry license to do so, but “university officials told her there was ‘no way’ she could carry a gun on campus, regardless of whether she obtained a license.”
School officials said “[they] are equipped and committed to providing the best safety possible for all [their] students.”
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