What’s lurking around UNLV

By Wetonia Bridges-Houlihan
Las Vegas Tribune
You have sheltered them, praised them, disciplined them and hopefully groomed them to be responsible members of society. Now it’s time to cut the apron strings, and allow them to become the respected adults we worked so hard molding.
Off to college they go!
It’s quite an accomplishment not only for the child, but for the parent as well. Remember, our children are a reflection of our parenting, so when your child is ready to leave the nest, you feel a sort of gratitude that you both made it to this point. But are they truly ready for what life throws at them?
After all the research, the campus tours, the academic programs, the college has been chosen, But aside from all of that, do you really know what resides around the college campus you send your utmost prized possession to? We have spent our entire being, as parents, willing to go to any lengths to protect our children. So what happens when you send your child to a college placed smack in the middle of a VERY “questionable” area. Enter the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, otherwise known as UNLV REBELS.
UNLV website boasts about the diverse campus in the heart of Las Vegas is that a good thing? Let’s take a look around the campus and see what is lurking behind the scenes. First, allow me to give you a visual if you have not seen the campus in person. The UNLV campus is not small by any means, there are three parts to make up UNLV. The Main Campus, Paradise Campus, and Shadow Lane Campus Services.
According to previous reports, there was an increase in crime at UNLV in 2018, which was reported by Channel 13 News here in Las Vegas. Crime varied from car theft to robbery, and of course, assault and battery.
But what about the surrounding areas? I have yet to hear about the streets on which all these young adults are wandering about, oblivious to what truly lies beneath the surface. What you see isn’t always what you get. Are those neighboring streets safe for these young adults? We may have chosen the perfect school, but let’s be honest, they don’t stay on campus, especially when they have “everything nightlife” at their fingertips just outside those college barriers. For the most
part, the majority of the students live on campus, but for those who don’t, the choice of apartments nearby is atrocious — windows broken out, barred up with plywood, and drug addicts and homeless all around.
Sure, we see this all day, every day in every city. We have grown accustomed to it. We teach our kids to “mind your own business and ignore them…keep walking, don’t interact.” But it seems that doesn’t even work anymore. The homelessness and addiction-driven individuals will now follow you, calling you names, berating you, all because you ignored them.
How safe is this for anyone, let alone a youngster at the age of 18 or so.
The impressionable youth. Let’s hope we taught them well. Sitting just less than two miles from campus, is the known drug and sex trafficking arena ready to pounce on their next victim. Be it drugs, sex, assault or murder. It’s here, mingling with your kids.
This small portion of the city is a smorgasbord of criminal activity. The streets are dirty, homeless and drug addicts lining the streets.
Homicides, assault, gunfire and trafficking are the norm here. Do you really think they all stay in their hood? Hell, NO! This is now part of your child’s life.
Time to clean it up! We see the Strip as a beautiful Resort-style Boulevard, with palm trees lining the walkways, not a piece of trash on the ground, roads smooth like glass and yet two blocks to the right, you have walked into a zone you certainly can say is less desirable. You will immediately feel a bit on edge like you stepped off in a completely different city.
This is the REAL Vegas. It wasn’t named “SIN CITY” for nothing. It’s a place built on smoke and mirrors. The saying goes… “Believe NOTHING you hear and only HALF of what you see.”

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