What happened on Brock University’s campus the night of September 15, should be embarrassing to the entire student body. Before you say I’m not in first-year, I don’t live in Village Residence, the kids who did the attacking aren’t Brock students, or anything else, understand that none of that matters. What matters is it happened on our campus.
As most of you have either seen or read, a first-year Brock student was jumped by a group of non-Brock students two Saturdays ago. The student tried to get away, but the group continued to follow him. He was knocked to the ground, kicked repeatedly, and now has a broken jaw in two places. He’ll also have to eat from a straw for the next eight weeks.
What should be bothersome to everyone is that a crowd surfaced with people choosing to film the incident instead of stopping anyone. This included people that were outside during the incident and people who watched from their residence window — choosing to scream and yell, instead of doing something about it.
Sure, jumping in and stopping the kids who are in the wrong might have been dangerous and could’ve got others hurt. There’s also no information out there to say that a student may have contacted campus security or Niagara Regional Police when everything was happening. Residence Dons also can only do so much in that situation. However, the video does show that there were enough students surrounding the incident that it probably could’ve been stopped before it escalated.
We’re a generation that lives through our phones. That could be recording every single moment of our day and making a story of it or spending all day texting and making social media posts. That doesn’t excuse the fact that some of you chose to watch a peer get knocked unconscious and kicked repeatedly afterwards — even though he came to Brock for the exact same reason you did — to get an education.
As an upper-year student, I watched the videos of the incident with other upper-years. It shocked us, parts of it because it was on our campus and the other because it was just a disgusting human act.
In the past I’ve defended incidents like last year’s Homecoming or St. Patrick’s Day in 2016, to a degree. I can’t find any reason to defend what happened on Sept. 15. No matter if you are a first-year or not, this represents all of us — the same way anything positive around Brock represents the entire community.
It’s easy to rub this incident off a week later. The student injured and his family can’t say the same. I could just end this and say, ‘let’s do better’, but that’s an easy way out. Let’s hold each other accountable, and have each others back.
Also, if you’re going to invite your friends to come party with you at Brock, remember, you are responsible for their actions.
Update: Reportedly, many of the people involved are from Georgetown, played minor hockey for the Halton Hills Thunder and attended Christ the King Catholic Secondary School.