No arrests have been made in the three assaults and one attempted assault that occurred on Halloween night.
Police Chief Robert Jones said that the police have three suspects who they are investigating.
Two assaults and the attempted assault occurred on Tappan Square and another assault occurred on South Pleasant Street. They occurred between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Two students who were assaulted had different opinions of how well Security handled the attacks.
Sophomore Zach Williamson, the victim of one of the assaults, said, "I felt we should have been able to find the assaulters. ...From what I saw, [Security] could have been more on the ball."
Williamson said that after he ran to the office to report the assault, he was taken in to be interviewed rather than taken to help find the assaulters immediately.
"That is why they got away. The interview took so long," Williamson said.
Williamson said that although Security initially seemed unprepared to deal with the situation, the officers responded adequately.
Director of Safety and Security Keith James said he was unaware of any discontent with the way the assaults had been handled.
James said that the day after the assaults, he asked officers to contact the victims. "We provided avenues for feedback," James said.
James also said that he felt Security did all they could, but uderstood that someone could have a different perception.
"As Director I could tell my staff what needs to be done, but ... I trust they know what their jobs are," James said.
Sophomore Josh Ritter offered a different assessment of Security's reaction to his assault. "They were really good," Ritter said. "I thought Security did a great job."
Ritter contacted Security about five hours after becoming the victim of an attempted assault. "They sent a guy over," Ritter said, "and he was really thorough."
James said that he brought staff in earlier that night anticipating a need for increased security.
The Office of Security, not wanting to overreact or create undue alarm, did not react to the assaults beyond posting fliers informing students of the events on Friday, according to James.
High Schoolers confront students
- November 1, 1996
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Volume 125, Number 8; November 8, 1996
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