Dean of Students Ainsley Carry issued a warning Monday to the student body about the potential dangers they could encounter traveling to Mexico this Spring Break.
Carry’s message comes after the U.S. State Department issued a nationwide warning Feb. 20 in response to increasing drug-related violence in the country.
“Mexico has been a common spring break destination for college students all over the nation,” Carry wrote in an e-mail interview, adding that he is unsure how many Temple students plan to travel to the country this year. “Even if only one student from Temple were going, we would want that person to be aware of the current danger in the region.”
Other universities, including Penn State, warned students as well.
The State Department’s message says though most of the violence among drug cartels and and Mexican security pesonnel is occurring near the United States-Mexico border, some innocent Mexicans and foreigners have been killed in public places as a result.
Carry’s message, which went out to students via e-mail and is appearing on the TUportal main page all week, said his office will be available to field any questions they may have about travel precautions. He said they are using resources including Campus Safety Services, International Services, International Programs and the General Counsel to answer any questions or concerns.
“Let me be clear: we are not telling students not to go to Mexico. There are regions of the country that are still relatively safe,” Carry concluded in the e-mail interview. “As a parent and administrator I am concerned about all young adults who might put themselves in harms way. Many innocent bystanders have been victims of this conflict. I especially don’t want any Temple students getting hurt.”
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