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Safety at top of UALR student’s minds

A group of UALR students plans to meet Wednesday for an “emergency meeting” to discuss safety on campus. The meeting is in response to the death of Patricia Guardado, who disappeared en route to class Wednesday morning, and was found dead in a pond on Sunday a few miles southeast of the campus.
LITTLE ROCK, AR – A group of UALR students plans to meet Wednesday for an “emergency meeting” to discuss safety on campus. The meeting is in response to the death of Patricia Guardado, who disappeared en route to class Wednesday morning, and was found dead in a pond on Sunday a few miles southeast of the campus.

Police say they have no leads in the case.

Some students at UALR tell Fox 16 that safety on campus is a concern.

“I don’t think that I may come here again next year, just because I don’t feel safe,” says Rachel Searvodel.

“If you’re a girl, I would advise you buy a taser, pepper spray, anything,” said Autumn Schweiger.

The Facebook page for the Wednesday meeting says that students “need to demand that the University provide the services we deserve to keep us safe.”

UALR Police Chief Brad King says he believes the campus is safe. King added the school may make some safety changes in light of Guardado’s death, but those changes would be “deliberate,” as opposed to immediate, and declined to offer any specifics as to what those changes may entail.

“All we can do is just try to heighten our students awareness of safety and do the best that we can do as a department," said King.
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