A young woman whose throat was slashed inside a University of British Columbia student residence has filed a lawsuit against the school alleging negligence.
The notice of civil claim says Mary Hare was inside her room in Salish House in October 2016 when international student Thamer Almestadi entered carrying a knife.
Almestadi’s trial heard he knocked on the 19-year-old’s door, slit her throat and started choking her before other students pulled him off.
A court found the teen not criminally responsible because he was suffering from a psychotic episode in which he believed the Qur’an had sent him a message to kill Hare.
Hare alleges in the lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court that UBC failed to install or properly install a peephole or any chains, bars or latches that would allow a door to be opened safely while remaining locked and preventing unwanted entry of potential assailants.
UBC’s negligence didn’t consist of not installing chains, bars or latches. It consisting of admitting a student who took the Qur’an’s orders to kill unbelievers as immediate marching orders.
But there was no way they could have distinguished Tamer Almestadi from peaceful Muslim students before this happened, and so UBC administrators, like college and university administrators all over the U.S. and Canada, chose to put their entire student populations at risk.
hat-tip Stephen Neil