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Archive for Thursday, March 12, 1998

S PARENTS TO SPEAK OUT ON CAMPUS SAFETY ISSUES

March 12, 1998

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The parents of Stephanie Schmidt, a Pittsburg State University student who was murdered in 1993 by a convicted sex offender, will speak this weekend at Kansas University.

Gene and Peggy Schmidt will speak at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in room 120 of Budig Hall. Following their remarks, Mike Green, a recovering alcoholic, will speak.

``We're doing kind of an introductory speech dealing with safety and awareness,'' Gene Schmidt said.

The Schmidts are featured in a chapter in a new book, ``Obsession,'' written by John Douglas, a former criminal suspect profiler for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Schmidts have been promoting awareness of sex offenders and have been working for tougher sexual predator laws.

Since their daughter's death, they have helped pass legislation in Kansas and have testified at the federal level about sexual predators.

The Schmidts also have created safety and awareness programs.

The couple said they wanted to raise awareness about safety and alcohol, especially among college students.

``We think it's important for both the women and the men to be aware of some of these things, especially as spring break approaches,'' Gene Schmidt said.

Sunday's program, called ``Speak Out for Stephanie,'' is sponsored by Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at KU. Stephanie Schmidt was a member of the sorority at Pittsburg State.

She was raped and murdered in August 1993 in Pittsburg by Donald Ray Gideon, who had previously been convicted of rape and released from prison. Gideon has been sentenced to life in prison for Schmidt's death.

-- Mike Dekker's phone message is 832-7187. His e-mail address is dekker@ljworld.com.

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