SEATTLE - Amanda Knox, convicted Friday of murder, went to Italy as part of a University of Washington exchange program. She has many friends on campus and supporters.
Tara Tavares studies Italian language and had considered studying there. She now says, “I’m not so sure I want to go there anymore. I was actually shocked. I wasn't sure if she was going to be convicted or not, but that was such a long sentence. I just did not think that would happen. “
The verdict has deeply affected Rachel Wescott, who was also considering studying in Italy.
“I thought she probably would be (convicted), but she's not necessarily guilty. And my second reaction was, '26 years in an Italian prison! That's really sad,'" said Wescott.
Erik Tedford a junior majoring in finance. He says those studying abroad have to realize “it’s not just a fun vacation.”
“You've got to be a lot more careful about who you decide to live with, who your friends are, that kind of thing. You definitely have to be more aware of the laws and regulations in these countries," said Tedford.
He echoed the sentiments of many students on campus. “My thoughts go out to the Knox family. I'm sure it's a sad day for them.”