Dear 100 Hour Board,
My two sons (10 and 12 years old) were walking across campus the other day (I let them run over to the Cougareat) when a girl (that's how they described her, "creepy" was the exact term) caught up to them and asked if they were lost. (This was about midday.) Oh here, I'll try to reconstruct the conversation:
"Are you lost?"
"Where are you going?"
"What's its name?"
"The ------ building." (correct but blocked out)
"We're going to see our dad?"
"What's he doing?"
"What does he teach?"
"---------" (blocked out for some anonymity)
They kept walking and she followed them across the quad and into the building. When they got to my husband's classroom she waited and asked them to point out who their dad was.
Now, my sons thought it was weird. But I wondered if instead of someone very friendly she was some kind of undercover campus security person. Does BYU have undercover campus security people? If so, do these undercover campus security people worry about hooliganism of young children? Also, if so, what other things do they look for? Honor code violations (my son's hair is not BYU approved)? Skateboards?
Hmm, that's odd. BYU doesn't have undercover campus security so to say. There are some BYU police officer that work in plain clothes. They are generally the administrators and detectives. One of the detectives is a woman as well. So it is always possible it was her.
The closest security guards to the Wilkinson Center are the security guards that work at the Library. They wear blue blazers with a badge patch (fabric, not metal) on the breast of the jacket. They also have a photo ID displayed as well. It doesn't sound like it was one of them that approached your kids.
That just leaves everyone else. There are so many students here on campus that maybe go overboard in trying to be helpful. Or it could have been a custodian or someone else. I suggest that if your kids are ever approached like that again, that they firmly state that they are not lost and that they do not need help. If the person persists, have your kids repeat those things and add on that "you are a stranger" and if you do not leave me alone, I will call the police. Tell them they can pick up any campus phone and dial 911 to be connected with the University Police or they can use one of the blue emergency phone boxes attached to light poles across campus. That should ward off any "creepy" overly helpful people in the future.