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UVA to roll out 'buddies on call' system in wake of Hannah Graham's disappearance

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) -

UVA student leaders are announcing plans to roll out a new safety measure in the wake of Hannah Graham's disappearance. It's called, "Buddies on Call."

"Students will sign up to be buddies," said class president Abraham Axler. "They will have background checks. They will be vetted, and you can call in."

Axler says the move is a direct result of student suggestions following Hannah's disappearance.

"You will have a trained person," said Axler. "Trained in student intervention, trained in alcohol and drug abuse prevention. They will come walk you home. They'll be gracious. They'll be polite, and they'll be a great friend."

We spoke to students who welcome the new safety measure.

"I think it's a good option for students because Safe Ride -- I don't think seems to be enough," said student Alison Stickel. "I think it could add extra safety."

While a suspect, Jesse Matthew, is now behind bars accused of abduction with the intent to defile students can't help thinking about their missing classmate and their own personal safety.

"I never really felt personally unsafe," said Alison. "But now I feel even safer because there is definitely a community concern."

Meanwhile Axler says students are still hopefully Hannah will be found safe.

"And certainly there are a lot of big questions that remain unanswered," said Axler. "But we remain very hopeful."

Axler says it will take time to develop the program. He says it is a matter of weeks and not days.

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