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UTech plans counselling session for beaten student

Friday, November 02, 2012 | 4:01 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of Technology (UTech) says it is conducting investigations into Thursday night’s beating of a male student at the school’s compound.

"The University is investigating what led to the event and how we can best handle it,” Hector Wheeler, Director of Advancement at UTech said Friday afternoon.

Security guards reportedly beat a student accused of being a homosexual after he sought refuge in the university’s guardhouse in his effort to elude an angry mob. 

Allegations are that two male students were found in a compromising position in a bathroom on the campus.  

One managed to escape and the other ended up in the guardroom.

“While we may want to have short-term measure this calls for long-term measures that deal with on the job training and how professionals are expected to conduct themselves. This isn’t to say we haven’t done anything in the past," Wheeler said, regarding the conduct of the guards.

He said that UTech has spoken to the beaten student but was not in a position to divulge any information about his wellbeing, adding that counselling sessions were conducted with the accused students.

The university was also seeking to find out if other students were involved in the mob attack, Wheeler said.

"The university is having meetings to determine how to best handle the affairs of the students (involved) in the best way possible, and with little or no security risk—in reference to them doing end of semester exams.”

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