The students of the Swarthmore College reported that they still generally feel safe on campus and view the attack as an isolated incident even with an assault on a gay student and his friend at Mertz Field.
Jacke Neely sophomore said that he has been there for 2 years and this is the first time he has heard of something like that happening. He uttered that he was pretty isolated. The confrontation that landed the two men in Springfield Hospital overnight with major injuries was fairly a representative of response from the students.
A Report said that the victims responded them by asking whether they were vile rats. At the time of the group attack, the victims were found to have questioned whether they were high school students. According to a blow-by-blow account of the assault and its aftermath in the Daily Gazette the newspaper of the college the victim and his friend are the students of University of Pennsylvania and a group of adolescents asked them for alcohol. They refused to furnish them with booze and the student reportedly referred to the teenagers as “Ville rats” the victim and his companion was attacked. Dougal Sutherland the author of the piece and the Editor-in-Chief of Daily Gazette said that the sexual orientation of men was not the main motivator. He also said that probably they have been attacked because they were straight.
Sutherland also said that they don’t have any evidence one way or the other so they can’t actually know that for sure. Probably majority of the students have some different view. He said that the relationship with the local teenagers is a little different by the relationship between the campus and the town is generally positive. He also said that probably they are on a look out to score booze at a party if they are on campus. Junior Jared Nolan said that it depends on the group of kids.
Some heated arguments from some students have taken place because they failed to inform them about the attack immediately. Elizabeth Braun the Swarthmore College Dean of students said that both campus security and Swarthmore police searched the area thoroughly following the assault and felt there was no further danger to the community. Freshman Chris Green said that the timing of the assault was unnerving because the college has planned to host an event embracing sexuality expression and non conformative gender” this weekend. He also said that he believes that the attack was at least partly motivated by the sexuality of the student.
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