Cornell’s Ugly Fences Also Don’t Work


Back in November, in the aftermath of a gruesome year in which six of its students killed themselves, Cornell University spent $350,000 building fences on campus bridges to prevent students from jumping off.

Well it didn’t work. According to an article by Juan Forrer in the Cornell Daily Sun:

Police are investigating the unrelated deaths of two students, Nathaniel Rand ’12 and a student visiting from abroad, who died within hours of each other in the Fall Creek Gorge Saturday. Both deaths appear to be accidental, officials said.

There have, thus, been three gorge-related deaths this summer. A Cornell student, Kendrick Castro, died while swimming on May 30th.

None of these deaths, it’s worth pointing out, had anything to do with the campus bridges. All three occurred when students descended into the gorge voluntarily to swim.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer