St. Louis Community College Under Fire for How It Handled Attack at Meramec

St. Louis Community College Under Fire for How It Handled Attack at Meramec

May 05, 2013

An attack of a student by a student at St. Louis Community College-Meramec on April 18 has led to criticism over how campus police handled the case, as well as the college president's resignation. The accused attacker, who assaulted a woman in a restroom, was initially released with just a verbal warning. The college did not warn students about the attack. The victim, Blythe Grupe. said her attacker put her in a headlock and tried to silence her before a campus instructor heard her screams and summoned police. She contacted reporters after her accused attacker was released and she got no new information from the college about the case. After the media started questioning the college, the accused attacker was arrested. A campus spokesman acknowledged that police did not initially view the attack as serious because no injuries or weapons were involved, but admitted that officials should have informed the campus sooner about the attack. Due to criticism over how the college handled the incident, the president of the Meramec campus, George Wasson, resigned on April 29, effective immediately.

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