Professor attacked: Always be aware


Re the April 22 article Professor’s beating brings claims of ‘hit’ over grade: A predator attacked an educator in a place where everyone is supposed to feel safe. Welcome to the real world. There is no “safe place.” The sad truth is that when you think you’re safe and you’re unaware of your surroundings, then even trained soldiers are vulnerable to an ambush. So, what can be done?

Lesson one: Be aware! If you’re aware of your surroundings it’s more likely that you can see trouble coming. But what if trouble doesn’t care if you see him or not? Then some form of deterrent self defense. In this instance, not a firearm and probably not pepper spray. But if Professor Marc Megellan had his hand in his pocket with his wrist through a lanyard that’s attached to a small beeper-sized stun device, he could have pulled his hand from his pocket and pushed the button. The device would emit a tiny arc of electricity between the probes and, more important, an extremely loud sound, like frying bacon. That sound lets the attacker know that this prey can hurt him.

Predators aren’t interested in getting hurt, but here’s the problem: It’s still against the law to have such a device on campus. Everyone is so riled up against guns they forget that there are levels of deterrence before it gets to lethal.

Modify the law.

Jim Kononoff , Coral Gables

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