Friday, 20 September 2013

Police Called After Reports of Armed Individual on Campus

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Shortly after noon on Friday, Fredericton police received a call from St. Thomas University reporting that someone had a firearm.  They arrived on campus with guns drawn.

Brandon Ramey, and eye-witness, said,  “I walked out the front doors of George Martin Hall to see officers handcuff and escort a tall lanky man in a brown trench coat to a police car.”  The man was not, in fact, armed.  Police kept the man in custody until they finished questioning him and witnesses about what happened.  Staff Sergeant Martin Gaudet said the Major Crime Team will try to determine what took place.  He said it is still possible that this was a misunderstanding.

Ramey, a St. Thomas student, was asked if the situation made him uneasy.  “The university has not taken any precautions to ensure the safety of the students,” he said.  “How do we know there is no one else on campus, maybe a partner?”  Another St. Thomas student, Denis Boulet, wrote on Facebook.  “After today's incident on campus, I think St. Thomas University's administration, staff and faculty need to ask themselves: what security measures do we have in place to protect the student body in the event of someone showing up (or threatening to show up) with a gun on campus? Are we adequately trained to respond to such an event? What tools do we have at our disposal to coordinate with security and police?”

While it is unclear at this point what exactly happened, it is known what didn’t happen.  STU Students’ Union tweeted, “There are many rumours around campus that are inaccurate.  Rest assured, everything is fine.  An unarmed individual was arrested on campus.”

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