John Abbott student reports second security scare
Masked man 'pursued' her
The incident that allegedly took place at close to 3:30 a.m. on March 16 caused the school to issue a new security alert to all students.
An unidentified female student reported being pursued by a man in his 20s who, she said, was wearing a ski mask.
She called Montreal police and later reported the event to campus security at John Abbott.
Debbie Cribb, a John Abbott communications agent, said though the incident happened off campus, the CEGEP wanted to err on the side of caution by releasing a security alert through its online communication system.
According to Cribb, the young woman, who attends John Abbott, was walking off campus while going to a friend’s apartment in Sainte-anne-de-bellevue when a masked man began to follow her.
"She felt unsafe and uncomfortable, but there was no exchange (between the student and the masked man,) he never touched her, or spoke to her," Cribb said.
In its notice, the school said on-campus security personnel were "on heightened alert."
"We strongly urge you to use caution if you are out after dark. Please do not walk alone. If you see something suspicious, please call Mcgill Security Services at 514 398-7777 or, if off campus, Montreal police at 9-1-1," read the notice in part.
"We want people to be aware, to be vigilant and not walk alone at night, Cribb noted, adding, students are also asked to be aware of those around them, and to help keep an eye out for each other.
A second John Abbott College student reported an incident last Friday in which she feared for her safety, but this time the event occurred outside of the Sainte-anne-de-bellevue campus, closer to town.
At the same time, the school does not want to unduly panic students or parents.
"Nothing so far indicates this incident is connected to the attack last month of one of our students," Cribb said.
And while the English CEGEP has not made changes to its security services or procedures, it has verified the proper working order of such things as all indoor and outdoor lighting, and closed circuit cameras throughout the campus.
"We have two cars that patrol (the campus) 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Cribb noted, adding, "Compare that to our closest police station which has two patrol cars for five municipalities... It really puts things in perspective."
Attack last month
The latest scare comes following the oncampus attack last month of a John Abbott student.
Vina Jayphait, 21, who studies in the graphic-design program, was attacked while walking along a well traveled path leading to a parking lot at the rear of the campus. The young woman was struck on the back of the head with an object. She also broke a finger while fighting off her attacker, who did not attempt to rob her. The unidentified man then calmly walked away.
Jayphait suffered a severe head injury and had to undergo surgery on her ring finger. She is recovering, but has not yet been able to return to school. Montreal police have not made any arrests in the case.
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