Washington University Students Rap About St. Louis Crime Stats

Allison Blood, KMOX News

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – It has received thousands of views on YouTube: a rap music video several Washington University students produced addressing the crime statistics in St. Louis.

Liz Schranck is a junior at Wash U. and she made the video as part of a journalism class. The song explains that St. Louis’ crime stats take into account crime that occurs only within the city limits, not in the entire metro area.

“That means that none of the county statistics are included when those reports are made,” she said.

She goes on to explain that if the city and county were joined, and the statistics were taken from the entire metro, St. Louis would fall in the crime rankings to 141, rather than its current place at number two.

Schranck says she chose to do a rap video because she wanted to draw attention to the message. Also featured in the video is a classmate, Vanessa Woods, a ballerina with the St. Louis Ballet. Schranck is a singer/songwriter in her spare time and says she thought this was a fun and different way to give a news report.

View the video here:


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