Students 'Assaulted' at Australian National University

StoryfulNewsPublished: August 24, 2017
Published: August 24, 2017

A man was arrested after allegedly assaulting four students in a classroom at the Australian National University in Canberra on August 25. ANU released a statement that around 9:15 am, a student entered a classroom and assaulted four other students. ACT Police were called and the male suspect was taken into custody. Jolene Laverty, an ANU student and ABC journalist, told Storyful the attack occurred in the Copland Building, which hosts the school of Politics and International Relations, the Research School of Social Sciences and the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. She was told by witnesses she spoke with that the attack seemed “completely random.” This video shows an interview with student Alexander Vuong in the aftermath. Laverty said after the suspect was arrested, calm had mostly returned to the campus, while police continued to investigate the room where the assault occurred. She said counselling services were offered to students impacted shortly after the attack. An ACT Police spokesperson told Storyful: “ACT Policing is responding to an incident at the Australian National University, where a male is reported to have assaulted a number of people. One male has been taken into custody and enquiries are ongoing. There is no ongoing threat to public safety.” Credit: Twitter/Jolene_Laverty via Storyful

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