Oh dear: four female Johns Hopkins undergrads were robbed at gunpoint during the school’s move-in day on Wednesday, the university’s security team reports.
The circumstances of this particular crime — teenage perps; a gun; no suspects located — will sound familiar enough to anyone who’s lived in Baltimore long enough to get mugged (or to know someone who’s been mugged). But there’s something exceedingly sad — even by Baltimore standards — about getting held up on your first day of school.
It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that the overwhelming number of crimes in Baltimore are perpetrated against young, black males. Johns Hopkins students also benefit from the university’s 200-person strong private security team, which includes 55 full-time officers — not that they seemed to have been of much use in this particular situation. And, though I’m sure it’s not much comfort if you got robbed this week, no Baltimore-area colleges made it onto Business Insider’s list of the nation’s most dangerous campuses.
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