University of Idaho students explain how they stay safe after murders: I carry a ‘Taser and bear spray’

The producers of “Jesse Watters Primetime” spoke with University of Idaho students about the November 13 murder of four peers.

The students, who have not been named, explained how they were protecting themselves on campus and what theories they had after Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were found stabbed to death in off-campus housing .

University of Idaho President Scott Green said students will have the option of attending classes remotely for the remainder of the fall semester.

“I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends who are girls have parents who are really scared, and the girls have chosen not to come back,” said one student.

A student shared how several of her friends chose not to return to campus.
(Screenshot/Primetime by Jesse Watters)

A student said she texted her mother every time she left her accommodation and went to class.

“I’m more careful now. I used to keep my doors unlocked all the time and now I don’t,” said a second student.


Several students explained that they now carry a range of self-defense items ranging from a small pocket knife and Taser to a sledgehammer and bear spray.

When asked if they thought the police were doing a good job in the investigation, two students laughed, saying “they didn’t give us a lot of information”.

“I think there’s a lot more evidence that we just don’t know they do,” the student said.

The students explain that the investigators didn't share much of the murder investigation to put them at ease.

The students explain that the investigators didn’t share much of the murder investigation to put them at ease.
(Screenshot/Primetime by Jesse Watters)

A group of male peers echoed similar sentiments, with one saying: “Unfortunately, in my opinion, I think they’re running out of time because these things, the longer they drag on, the longer it it’s hard to catch someone or find someone.”

“[The suspect] may still be present and leaking information may scare him to the point that he leaves the country,” another added.

The students also revealed their theories about the perpetrator of the quadruple homicide in the early morning hours of November 13.

University of Idaho students chat with "Jesse Watters in prime time" about who they believe murdered their four peers.

University of Idaho students talk to “Jesse Watters Primetime” about who they believe murdered their four peers.

“I think he’s either a college student who might be on campus or honestly a serial killer,” one replied.

“There’s a 50% chance it’s probably a student,” said a second.


A student said she believed the suspect left over the Thanksgiving holiday.

“It’s like a perfect cover, so I really doubt he’s still there.”


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