Columbia, SC — “Judicial leniency” is not to blame for violence in Five Points that resulted in the severe injuries sustained by USC freshman Martha Childress. Neither does the situation warrant apprehension by USC President Harris Pastides for students’ safety in Five Points.
The truth of the matter is that Five Points is safer than any community in Richland County and, if anything, is allocated disproportionate financial resources for law enforcement protection.
It is unfortunate that politicians, community leaders and university officials fail to objectively analyze the misfortune of Ms. Childress. She was a victim of random violence. Random violence and terrorism is not reasonably foreseeable and, therefore, cannot be prevented.
Hemphill P. Pride II