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Students accused of home invasion

Brock University called to investigate


 

St. Catharines city councilors  are calling on Brock University to investigate an off-campus incident involving students alleged to be responsible for a home invasion last Thursday. According to the St. Catharines Standard, the so far unidentified culprits were having a snowball fight in the street after a house party. A local area resident shouted at the students to keep it down when he got up for work at 4:30am.

The man’s wife told the Standard what happened next:

The woman said after they were told to be quiet, the students began swearing and threatening the man, and then ran across their lawn to the house. She and her 14-year-old daughter slammed the front door shut, but before they could lock it, the students had shoved the door open and four young men were in their living room, swearing and throwing punches.

All three of the family members were knocked to the floor, and one of the men began pummelling her husband, she said.

Their daughter was screaming and crying and the woman tried to call police, but the phone was knocked out of her hand.

The incident occurred in an area where large numbers of Brock students are known to live, but the exact location has not been released to the public.

Although police are investigating the incident, city councilors say it is Brock University’s responsibility to also look into the home invasion. Speaking with Maclean’s, Brock spokesman, Kevin Cavanagh says the administration is “not sure” what the city councilors mean, emphasizing that the incident took place off campus. However, Cavanagh said that the university would be “eager” to assist the police with their investigation. Brock is also encouraging students with any knowledge of the incident to come forward. “We have strong links to the local police services,” Cavanagh said.

Brock has also indicated that it will consider disciplining any students found to have been involved in the home invasion.


 
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Students accused of home invasion

  1. Stuff like this makes me sad. Not the home invasion part – though I utterly disapprove of any such action and would happily line up to condemn anyone (student or otherwise) who may be guilty of such an act. What makes me sad is that city councilors in St. Catharines are so incredibly ignorant about essential concepts in law and government.

    We’ve got a crime! Let the police investigate it. That isn’t a complicated idea. And let the culprits (if guilty) suffer whatever punishments our system reserves for such things. But honestly, what the hell is their university supposed to do about it?

    Let’s see. They could conduct their own investigation. And I’m sure we’d all want to discard every check and balance inherent in our legal system to allow an entirely unqualified institution to conduct their own criminal investigation. And even if students are guilty – what then? Do we ask our post-secondary institutions to enforce a policy whereby the criminally convicted lose their rights to education? If anyone honestly believes that criminals should be barred from pursuing higher education then propose it as legislation to be properly enacted by government – don’t just bully the local school into “doing something” about.

    I agree with Cavanagh. I don’t know what the hell councilors mean either. And I doubt they do themselves. The victims I sympathize with. You can’t expect strict rationality in their position. But elected officials should know better than to spout nonsense.

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