Violence averted Friday on UCCI campus

A University College of the Cayman Islands student was arrested Friday after police said he chased two other people on the university campus with a machete in his hand.

As of press time no charges had been filed in the incident, which was first reported to 911 around 12.50pm Friday.

Police said UCCI’s Acting President Brian Chapell called police himself a short while after spotting the machete-wielding student in front of the school’s administration building.

The student was taken into custody without incident Friday afternoon. No one was hurt.

‘Weapons are a zero-tolerance offence at UCCI,’ Mr. Chapell said Friday. ‘Possession of a weapon on campus will result in immediate expulsion.’

It was not immediately clear what led the student to chase after the other two individuals. Witnesses on the campus reported a fight had broken out earlier with weapons involved.

Police said that there was a report of a gun being involved as well, but they could not independently corroborate that upon investigation.

Education Minister Rolston Anglin said ‘reckless, immature behaviour’ would not be tolerated at any educational level.

Friday’s incident is not the first spate of violence to occur amongst UCCI students, although it has been some time since a major incident has been reported on campus.

In September 2007, there were two separate assaults on students at the campus that sent three people to hospital.

Former school president Hassan Syed said at the time that the violence was the ‘first time in our history’ something like that had occurred.