ANU students, lecturer bashed with baseball bat in attack at Canberra campus

Students, lecturer bashed with baseball bat in attack at Canberra campus of the Australian National University, by the ABC.

Police said an 18-year-old man stood up from his seat and assaulted the female lecturer at the front of the class with the bat.

Three other students were injured when they tried to intervene.

The man has been taken into custody and police said there was no ongoing threat to public safety. …

“Other students in the class have intervened and have attempted to restrain the student with the baseball bat,” acting deputy chief police officer Ben Cartwright said. …

None had life-threatening injuries. “They appear to be defensive injuries, we believe [there are] a couple of broken bones, a broken arm,” he said. …

“It is too early to know the motivation behind this alleged assault and at this stage ACT Policing have not ruled anything out,” he said.

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Max Claessens, an 18-year-old student whose friend was inside the classroom, said his friend told him that the attacker waited until the class had settled in before he suddenly pulled a cricket or baseball bat out of his bag and began hitting people. The attacker had been a student of the statistics class for four weeks, Claessens said. …

The attacker, an 18-year-old man, had no other weapons on him, Cartwright said. He was not on the radar of police or intelligence agencies, and his motivation is unknown.