Schools = Soft Targets

Ever wonder why school shootings or rapings happen?

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police say a group of armed robbers is targeting college students, apparently because the robbers think the students are easy targets.

Police say at least nine students have been robbed in the city’s Oakland section, home to Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow College, since early December.

During one robbery, a Pitt student was talking on a cell phone which the robbers stole, along with the student’s automatic teller machine card. The phone was still on and the robber was recorded on the student’s parents’ telephone answering machine making remarks about students being easy targets.

Nobody has been hurt in the robberies. Cash was stolen in each instance.

Most schools have strict policies forbidding guns on campus. I wonder if this has anything to do with why the robbers think students are easy targets. :-p

Associated press, Armed Robbers Targeting Pittsburgh College Students, 8:42 am EST January 12, 2007

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