SFU student expresses safety concerns after violent incident on campus

Oct 12 2018, 10:27 pm

A student at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is speaking out online about her concerns over safety and security after a violent incident at the Burnaby campus last week.

In a Facebook post, Ashley Lee writes that her class was “attacked by another student at SFU.”

On Friday, Burnaby RCMP Staff Sgt. John Buis confirmed with Daily Hive that an incident had taken place on October 3.

Asked about the situation Lee describes in her post, Buis said he didn’t have any information on the incident, but did confirm that an assault had taken place prior to the incident described by Lee.

That incident, he said, “appears to be targeted.”

In a statement to Daily Hive, SFU also confirmed that the incident took place in a classroom in the Robert C Brown Hall.

“Campus Security arrived within three minutes and RCMP shortly thereafter,” a spokesperson from SFU said. “The situation was quickly resolved and the student in question removed from campus by the RCMP.”

Two students “suffered minor injuries and were supported by Campus Security who double as emergency first aid responders,” the spokesperson said. “Health & Counselling Services was alerted that evening and has resources available to provide supports to all involved.”

SFU added that the student in question is no longer on campus, and that “nothing is more important than the safety of our students.”

Buis said the student was apprehended under the Mental Health Act, and that the situation remains under investigation.

In the wake of this incident, SFU said it is “actively monitoring the situation and supporting students who were involved to ensure they have access to any supports they may need.”

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