Report: Grambling mayor opposes $18 million security barrier around university

Fence proposed in response to recent deadly shootings on campus

By: - January 5, 2022 5:38 pm
Grambling State University

Grambling State University

Grambling Mayor Ed Jones said he opposes additional fencing around Grambling State University and would challenge it in court if need be, according to a report from The News Star.

The proposed $18 million barrier fencing project is meant to control traffic and increase security for students, faculty and staff at the university.

Two deadly shootings occurred on the Grambling campus in the fall, one Oct. 13 in front of the student union and another four days later in the quadrangle. Since 2017, at least four people have been killed and 15 wounded in shootings on Grambling’s campus. Outsiders — people who aren’t students or university employees — were responsible for most of the shootings.  

The university campus is situated along the city’s main road, and fencing that street off would hurt surrounding businesses financially, Jones said.

We have 18-wheelers that go through there,” Jones said in The New Star report. “We have businesses that people go there to visit and if they cannot go through the street, they will be diverted from those businesses and those businesses would lose money.”

Jones said he also believes the additional fencing is not going to prevent guns from coming to the university.

Money to pay for the proposed fencing needs approval from the Louisiana Legislature, which also determines whether the project is a near- or long-term priority.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.