With school back in session, safety on campus is more important than ever. The husband of one Cape Fear Community College student worries that might not be the case. Bill Chamnin got a call from his wife, a student at the college, Monday afternoon...her battery was dead in a student parking lot. Chamnin came to help her. So did a school security guard, who wasn't much help. Chamnin's wife, was parked in student parking lot number two located on the downtown campus. Monday, she came back to her car after class, only to find that it wouldn't start. When Bill arrived to help her, they called security for assistance, but Bill says, that's not "We were not asking for the car to be mechanically fixed in any way we were just asking to help push the car, simple as that, and security couldn't help a student in a student parking lot, in doing so," Chamnin said. The problem? The car was parked on a hill and another car was parked directly in front, making it difficult to get to the hood, in order to jump the car. Chamnin says the security guard said there was nothing he could do and left. "The security person simply said that there was no one else available and that basically that this is our problem," Chamnin said. Dan Hickman, Cape Fear Community College Executive Vice President, says safety is a priority for the college. He says this case wasn't dangerous. "That security guard did not deem it an emergency and left the student and her husband at the car," Hickman said. However, student lot number two doesn't have emergency call boxes. Chamnin worries that something might happen at night or he might not be there to help the next time. "For a student to be left stranded in a parking lot after security physically shows up and says that this in not our problem and leaves is really, concerning," Chamnin said. Hickman with Cape Fear Community College says it is college policy to jump dead batteries at no charge. The guard left because of a shift change, and the next one on duty went to check on the Chamnins but they were already gone.
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