York Federation of Students deeply concerned by May 14 campus shooting

    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - On the night of May 14 at approximately 12 a.m.,
a patron being escorted out of the Underground restaurant and pub, located in
the York University Student Centre, revealed a concealed gun and fired at a
staff member subsequently causing injuries.
    "We are deeply concerned by the shooting incident on campus, and are
going to be working closely with York Security and the York University Student
Centre to investigate immediate action," said Krisna Saravanamuttu, York
Federation of Students (YFS) President. "This recent shooting reveals more
systemic issues that the York community must seriously address in order to
ensure everyone's safety and security."
    In seeking proactive solutions, the YFS eagerly anticipates the
recommendations of METRAC, an independent third-party safety auditor that the
YFS fought to have on campus, following a number of sexual assaults that had
occurred on campus. In addition, the York University Student Centre (YUSC) is
in the process of implementing various new safety measures to address the
recent concerns of custodial staff and student clubs who often spend late
nights in the building.
    "The Student Centre is meant to be a safe space for York students and
community members. The Student Centre Executive is evaluating last night's
incident along with other incidents occurring in the past year to develop
policies that are sustainable and in the best interests of York students,"
said Gilary Massa, YUSC Chairperson. "We look forward to working with the YFS
and other community groups to immediately address the ongoing concerns."

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact:
Krisna Saravanamuttu, York Federation of Students President: (647) 448-0576,
president@yfs.ca; Gilary Massa, York University Student Centre Chairperson:
(647) 869-2101, chair@yorkstudentcentre.com

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