MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WOOD) - Central Michigan University leaders and police say they will review campus security after the abduction, rape and escape of a coed.
Isabella County authorities say Eric Ramsey abducted a student Wednesday evening, drove her home and raped her. He then threatened to kill her. After she escaped and ran to a nearby residence, he followed and set the house on fire. He then fled, and was shot and killed by a Crawford County sheriff's deputy after ramming several cruisers.
On Thursday, campus leaders and security officials said they will review their practices and continue to stress a proactive approach.
Student Katie Greenman of Wayland feels safe on CMU's campus.
"Normally, I wouldn't think of this as a dangerous place," said Greenman.
But Thursday, she received an email about the abduction at the Student Activity Center. The full story spread quickly to students like Greenman -- and their worried parents.
"They saw it on the news, and they got an email, too, so they knew about it. They were kind of concerned," said Greenman.
CMU Police Chief William Yeagley said he understands that concern.
"I understand you're shaken," he said. "I think you have every right to be shaken and it's a very reasonable response to what took place here."
He plans to review campus safety plans through discussions with students.
"Not only do I want everybody on this campus to be safe, I want them to feel safe," he told 24 Hour News 8.
Greenman called it "gut-check time."
For students -- and a campus community that feels like it got kicked in the stomach -- there is a renewed sense of finding solutions for a problem that seems senseless.
"We know there's trauma here," said CMU Sexual Aggression Services Director Steve Thompson. "We know that there's people crying here right now. We know that there are students who are not going to sleep well tonight. How can we help them?"
The police chief stressed that CMU already has programs in place to help prevent and respond to assaults:
- A mandatory orientation for all students about what to if they find themselves in a dangerous situation.
- Free, safe rides are provided for worried students. Yeagley said about 15,000 are provided each year.
- Peer advocates are available to talk to students if this event triggers any flashbacks of a previous sexual assault.
"We will always need to be concerned about it, and make efforts to do what we can to keep this campus safe," said Yeagley.
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