School, Police Search for Answers to Mary Baldwin Melee
Five days after a fight at Mary Baldwin College that included gunshots, police and school officials have few answers.
The college's Caribbean Student Association hosted a Friday night mixer with about 300 people, many from other colleges and universities. The party ended with a fight among male guests. A short time later, several shots were fired in a nearby parking lot. No one was struck by the gunfire and no serious injuries were reported.
Mary Baldwin College in Staunton is a small, all-female school that's not used to the type of violence it saw early Saturday morning.
Baldwin vice president Crista Cabe says the campus has an "amazing" student-safety record, so it's "in shock" over what happened.
"If you look at the federally reported crime statistics, you see lots of zeroes all over the place," she said. "So yes, it's highly unusual—something we took very seriously and are looking at closely in terms of what we might be able to do different."
Mary Baldwin has put a hold on similar parties until January, and is looking at ways to improve its safety and security.
Partygoers have needed only a valid college ID to enter the Baldwin mixers, but the school says it may consider requiring organizers to keep a log of everyone in attendance.
Identifying the people involved in the melee has been a challenge for Staunton police, who are still investigating and have not yet filed any charges.
Investigators are working to identify who was involved and make sure the incident is never repeated.
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