A Dartmouth student is creating national headlines by claiming that she will have to drop out unless she is allowed to carry a gun to protect herself from a stalker.
Taylor Woolrich, 20, described her ordeal at Tuesday’s annual Students for Concealed Carry conference in Washington D.C. (which apparently is a thing). She claimed that Richard Bennett, 67, has been stalking her since he saw her as a 16-year-old working at a cafe in her native San Diego.
“He found me at Dartmouth, at my sorority, he found me at my family’s new home that they moved to,” she told the Concealed Carry conference. “I returned home, after 18 months of not seeing this man, I got back to my parents’ house at 1:30 am flying in from Dartmouth and at 8:30 am the next morning he was knocking on my front door.”
“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,” Woolrich went on to add.
The constant advances got Woolrich understandably agitated, and she applied for a Concealed Weapons Permit. While New Hampshire allows such permits, Dartmouth strictly prohibits carrying weapons on campus.
“I asked them to obtain authorization on campus to carry a concealed weapon they told me no way,” Woolrich 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 have an out of control situation and I’m asking for my control back,” Woolrich continued.
Dartmouth spokesman Justin Anderson told Fox News that carrying on campus was “strictly prohibited and we are not in the habit of making exceptions.”
Bennet, thankfully, remains in jail on a $300,000 bond for violating his restraining order against Woolrich. If convicted he faces a possible 4 years in prison. He continues to profess his innocence however, telling KGTV that he is as “innocent as the day is long” before promptly storming out of the interview.
The case has drawn attention from the media and Dartmouth students alike. Fox’s talking head Geraldo Rivera weighed in on the issue. “The urgency is somewhat mitigated as he is facing a four year sentence,” he told Fox News on Thursday. He noted that he supported Woolrich but was against allowing her a weapon.
“College students, as you know, are so emotional, there’s so much that goes on in the ebb and flow for four years,” he said. “They don’t want to have students packing on campus.”