May 12, 2014
30 students and 5 chaperones from Stevenson University were robbed at gunpoint while on a bus in Pretoria, South Africa. According to university officials, none of the students or chaperones were injured during the incident. The bus was surrounded by men on motorcycles, who then boarded the bus, demanding money. The gunmen got away with students’ wallets, cameras, cell phones, and passports. Stevenson University has decided to end the trip early, and the student group should be home by the end of the week. The students were on a five-week educational excursion; the robbery occurred on the second day of the trip. “This is the fourth such tour of South Africa that the university has led and no incidents have occurred in the past,” said Jim Salvucci, dean of Stevenson’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences.