Stabbings at UBC Okanagan rattled the calm of campus life over the weekend, prompting school officials to offer reassurances that the violent outburst won’t likely be repeated.
“Right now, the incident is under police investigation, so we are limited in what we know or can say,” said Doug Owram, deputy vice-chancellor and principal of the UBC Okanagan campus.
“It appears it was not a random act and the people were known to each other. This is the sort of incident that’s beyond what is acceptable and normal—it’s a rare event.”
What’s starting to look like a fight that started in the city, then spilled onto the campus, came to police attention at around 1:29 a.m. Saturday.
Mounties, who were already at UBCO, were called to International Mews and University Way, where they found two men with non life-threatening knife wounds and another with undisclosed injuries from an assault, said Staff Sgt. Blake MacLeod.
It didn’t take long for police to find their alleged assailants, however, and they rounded up seven men who are now facing charges. Six of the seven men, who range in age from late teens to early 20s, will face charges of aggravated assault and possession of a prohibited weapon. The other will face recommended charges of aggravated assault and assault. All of the suspects were released with an order to appear back in court Oct. 6, and are not to contact the victims, each other or go to the campus.
Meanwhile, Owram stressed campus security is working closely with police to ensure that peace is restored to the building. “At any given time 10,000 students can be here,” he said. “It’s a community and you have to make sure there are adequate procedures in place, which we have.”