Dartmouth College Puts Anti-Gun Ideology Above Safety of Stalked Female Student
The only mistake the young teen made was serving his coffee with a smile…. just as she served all customers in the small coffee shop where she worked part time while in high school.
That single friendly gesture, appreciated by so many of the customers who came in to the shop, was misinterpreted by a 40-year-old man who decided that they were meant to be together…… forever…
The stalking began and continued for YEARS.
Today, Dartmouth student, Taylor Woolrich, still lives in fear of her stalker, who is, at the moment, in jail, which is only a temporary period of relief.
“Eventually it all came to a climax when he attacked, well attempted to attack, my then boyfriend in high school when I was 17-years-old and told him he should never speak to me again and threw hot coffee in his face.
I got an emergency restraining order. When I returned to work the next morning, he was standing there and chased me back to my car.
The restraining order was granted for a period of three years, this was August 2011. He was supposed to be out this month.
He continued to contact me. He found me at Dartmouth, at my sorority, he found me at my family’s new home that they moved to.
He found me through LinkedIn, Facebook, everything. I tried to delete things, he still found me.
He hired a private investigator. We don’t know exactly where he gets his information, all I know is that when I returned home, after 18 months of not seeing this man, I got back to my parents’ house at 1:30 a.m. flying in from Dartmouth and at 8:30 a.m….. the next morning, he was knocking on my front door,” Woolrich detailed.
“When he was arrested by the police, they found what they like to call a rape kit in the back of his car. It consisted of a sweatshirt, firewood, maps of the area, duct tape, a rope tied into a slip noose, hunting knives and various other items.
He’s in custody now, because after doing that obvious act of harassment, that became enough for them to press felony charges, felony stalking charges vs. just a simple restraining order violation. When they obtained a search warrant for his house, they realized he had also found my address at school, my parents’ address, my mother’s full-name, he had pictures of me and my fiance that he had scratched my fiance out of.”
Today Woolrich’s stalker is still in jail… his trial is this month.
While Taylor’s stalking story is horrible, it is unfortunately, not uncommon.. and not the worst part of the story..
The larger story here is the fact that Taylor may have to leave college in order to be safe because the college’s anti-gun ideology is more important to the college that Taylor’s safety.
In order to protect herself on campus at Dartmouth, Woolrich contacted campus security. She was told that she couldn’t carry a concealed weapon on campus and needed to use security escorts when she felt unsafe.
Then, they denied her the escorts because they said she was calling too much. She had become a burden.
“When I contacted Safety and Security at Dartmouth I explained the situation, they’ve known about the restraining order, they’ve known about everything and they were sympathetic and then whenever I asked them to obtain authorization on campus to carry a concealed weapon, they told me no way,” Woolich said.
“No appeals process, no supervisor. The operator at Safety and Security at Dartmouth College told me that I could call for a security escort if I felt unsafe. I’ve done this and I got responses such as, ‘You can’t keep calling us all the time,’ or ‘You can only call after 9 p.m.’"
“I’d like to say that my stalker doesn’t really care what time of day it is. He doesn’t care if it’s light or dark or if I’m on the east coast or the west coast or out of the country. I have an out of control situation, and I’m asking for my control back.”
“Dartmouth thinks banning weapons will keep students safe, but a gun ban isn’t going to stop him from attacking,” she added. “At Dartmouth if a restraining order and law enforcement can’t guarantee my safety, then I’m asking for the right to do so.”
Dartmouth has made a mistake here. The college should have given Taylor special permission to carry on campus due to her circumstances. In fact, all public Universities should allow students to conceal carry, especially those like Taylor who have clear evidence of a looming threat.
I had to chance to hear Taylor’s story along with similar horrifying accounts from the ladies in this photo above. Each told her story at the Students for Concealed Carry on College Campuses National Conference in Washington DC, this week.
I was also a speaker at the conference and was so thankful I had the chance to hear their stories and meet them in person. These ladies are all strong proponents of gun ownership and concealed carry. They are taking a public stand for our gun rights. Their stories represent the hundreds of thousands of other women around the country who are victims.
This is why I have always said: I am on a personal mission to arm and train as many Americans as humanly possible and convince every woman that her GUN is an essential part of her daily wardrobe.