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Hate crime reported by Muslim Queen’s University students

Principal Daniel Woolf “deeply concerned” about attack


 

Queen’s University principal Daniel Woolf says he’s “deeply concerned” to hear of an attack over the weekend that police are investigating as a hate crime. According to a Queen’s press release:

The six students, who are all Muslim, were walking home along Patrick Street after seeing a movie on Saturday night. As they neared Fraser Street, they were allegedly chased down and attacked by four men on bicycles. The men began by making derogatory comments before one pulled out a weapon and began hitting one of the students. The students were able to flee the scene and take cover in a backyard, and only minor injuries have been reported. The case has been assigned to the Major Crime unit and is being investigated as a hate crime.

“I am very concerned about this incident,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “I am shocked and dismayed to learn that anyone in this community would be the victim of an unprovoked attack of this kind, let alone six of our students. I can only imagine how shaken they must be feeling after this incident, and my thoughts are with them. I want to assure them that Queen’s is committed to protecting our faculty, staff and students from hate and discrimination of all kinds. I am also grateful to the Kingston Police for their investigative work in this case.”


 

Hate crime reported by Muslim Queen’s University students

  1. Having lived in Kingston more than 35 years, I am still shocked. But looking at where the incidences occurred, makes this seem that the attack was completed by uneducated persons. Patrick and Fraser street are not nice neighbourhoods. A lot of people in these homes/apartments are poor, not knowing where their next rent check, bag of milk or loaf of bread is coming from. Without financial resources ,adequate child care , and food, people can’t change their education levels and hence their belief systems. Movies depict the violence of Muslims , and that sits in our brain ! Watching violent bombing movies can sit in our brain and manifest itself. These offenders may protecting their neighbourhood.

  2. I went to Queen’s in 2008 and faced verbal abuse because I’m South Asian. I felt unsafe there, that’s why I subsequently transferred to McMaster University in Hamilton, and by God, it was so much better. At McMaster, I did not experience any verbal abuse, although I did notice some white-supremacist/neo-Nazi elements on-campus. I think students should think carefully about which university to attend, and should consider the racial demographic of the area surrounding that university. In addition, universities should do more to ensure that their students are safe from such crimes, on-campus AND off-campus (where students live in the surrounding neighborhoods). More police patrol is needed. Students attend universities for higher education and to be future productive members of society, not to be victims of such bigotry.

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