accosted near Delaware Hall, jackasses captured
By Laura Katsirdakis
Frosh Week is definitely a time to have fun,
but it is important not to forget concerns about safety in the
midst of the excitement. An incident that occurred at 2 a.m.
Wednesday morning is a reminder of this point.
According to Const. Paul Martin, spokesperson
for the London Police Department, a 19-year-old female was approached
by two males near Delaware Hall when she was walking home. The
ensuing conversation frightened the girl and she fled the scene
when one of the men lifted his shirt to reveal what she thought
was a gun, Martin explained.
"The two men were apprehended at University
and Lambton Drives," said Martin. A large canister of pepper
spray was found tucked in the belt of one of the men, he added.
Campus Community Police Service interim director
Elgin Austen confirmed the man was charged with possession of
a prohibited weapon by the LPD. He has also been charged with
several other offences in the past.
"This was a couple of individuals with
nothing better to do but get thrills by scaring people,"
Martin said. "Like any campus in Ontario, there are certain
individuals who cause [this kind of problem]," he added.
Austen confirmed the two men were not Western
This incident highlights the fact that people
need to be educated and aware of safety concerns, Martin said.
"[It also] shows the importance of being
with other people," Austen said, adding it is impossible
to know exactly who will be on campus and it is wise to plan
to walk home in groups. "Western has one of the best foot
patrol programs in Canada," he explained, adding Foot Patrol
began operating last night.
Foot Patrol is a program designed to ensure
the safety of students by offering pre-screened volunteers to
accompany people when walking after dark.
"Unfortunately sometimes these situations
happen when first-year students are walking home alone at night,"
said USC VP-campus issues Adrienne Kennedy. "WeĠre taking
all precautions in terms of safety," she said, adding safety
starts with the individual.
In addition to using foot patrol services,
Kennedy said it is a good idea to walk home in groups, adding
common sense precautions are often enough to prevent incidents
like this one.
"The reality of it is that we have a
very safe campus," Kennedy said. "Sophs are doing
a phenomenal job working to ensure that everyone is safe during