Dartmouth College Student Denied Request to Carry Gun to Protect Against Alleged Stalker

San Diego-native Taylor Woolrich asked Dartmouth College to let her carry a concealed weapon on campus because she fears a man  was stalking her. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

San Diego-native Taylor Woolrich asked Dartmouth College to let her carry a concealed weapon on campus because she fears a man was stalking her. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

A 20-year-old college student from San Diego has been rebuffed in her request to carry a concealed gun on campus for protection against a man facing criminal charges for stalking and menacing her.

Taylor Woolrich had asked officials at Dartmouth College, where she is a junior, for permission to carry the weapon for defense against possible attack by a 67-year-old man facing felony charges in San Diego County Superior Court.

Woolrich has a restraining order against Richard Bennett, who is set for a readiness hearing in court next week. Bennett, now in jail, faces charges of stalking, possession of a firearm while under a restraining order and unlawfully obtaining personal information about Woolrich’s family.

Woolrich has a “reasonable fear” of Bennett, who has repeatedly followed and harassed her, according to court documents filed by the district attorney’s office.

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