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VSU using social media to increase student safety, wellness

Two students were robbed Monday night near Patterson and Brookwood Two students were robbed Monday night near Patterson and Brookwood
Therssea Boyd Therssea Boyd
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

As students walked around campus Tuesday, many may not have been aware that the university just started a new social media campaign designed to help keep students safer and increase their overall wellness.

University officials are hoping to change that though.

"We're sending out messages daily to our students via social media, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram," said Therssea Boyd, VSU's communication director. "And, these messages are basically just reminders about safety, wellness, crime prevention, those kinds of things."

VSU senior Giandra Watts likes the idea. "I think it's a really good idea. I know I spend a lot of time on Twitter and Facebook and doin' things of that nature. So, I think it's a good way to get people's attention," Watts said.

Around 11:30 p.m. Monday, two students were robbed near campus around the intersection of Patterson and Brookwood when they were approached by three black men.

"[The suspects] did not show a weapon, but they did demand their property and got wallets, cell phones, and items like that from 'em and took off runnin'," explained Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk.

Along with the new social media messages, the university also continues to send out alerts to students when a crime happens around campus, and Monday night was no exception.

Sophomore Kevin Pearce received the alert and is glad the university sends them out, but he wishes they were more detailed.

"Sometimes," Pearce stated, "I think it would be a good idea to have more information as opposed to just a vague 'armed robbery somewhere near the campus.' If it could pin it down a little bit better, I think it would be more helpful."

Students can receive the new social media messages by following @VState_SAM on Twitter and can get more information about the campaign by visiting www.valdosta.edu/sam.

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