USC Sex Scandal - Thorny Devil Spikes Asks, 'Is it About Sex, Safety, or Security?'

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Since being posted online Saturday night, photos of two students having sex on top of a USC building have gone viral. But in the midst of the campus controversy, USC officials are questioning the safety and security issues associated with the incident. Are Thorny Devil Spikes the answer?

Since being posted online Saturday night, photos of two students having sex on top of a USC building have gone viral. But in the midst of the campus controversy, USC officials are questioning the safety and security issues associated with the incident. Are Thorny Devil Spikes the answer?

As stated in today’s Los Angeles Times, “officials were investigating whether the romp on the top of a 12-story red-brick edifice constituted a violation of university policies that prohibit unauthorized access to building roofs.” But another, more pressing question comes to mind: How were they able to get so close to the edge?

The issue here is not what the students were doing on the roof but that they were in a potentially perilous situation. "We realize the seriousness of this event," says Jonathan Sidy of ThornyDevilSpikes.com. "Spiked Anti-Climbing Strips were created just for this concern - to keep intruders and others from where they don't belong and to protect them from potentially hazardous areas.”

While the incident on the USC rooftop was treated with levity, there are many other instances where the story can end in tragedy. “It’s a shame that building owners must look at these risks. But it is a legal responsibility to protect the health and welfare of persons that have access to public and private spaces.”

“It is recommended that the addition of secondary safety measures be added to prevent future events such as the one at USC,” Sidy says. “This is not the last time or place we’ll see this happen.”

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