Ryerson Security deemed the incident to be ‘mischief’
A person on Ryerson’s campus reported a security incident on Jan. 18 when a syringe pricked them in a washroom in Kerr Hall South.
The school’s community safety page listed the incident as “mischief.” The press release said that when the person was “using the toilet paper dispenser in the washroom, an uncapped syringe came out of the dispenser and pricked their leg.”
The person who reported the incident was a “community guest.”
They sought medical assistance and reported the incident to Ryerson Security, as well as Toronto Police Service. The person who reported the incident had no visible injuries.
“Our security team completed a full campus sweep of all washrooms and found no other syringes within toilet paper dispensers anywhere on campus,” Ryerson’s Community Safety and Security said in a statement via email Friday. “We have had no similar incidents since that time and it appears to be a stand alone incident. Our security team continues to perform regular checks of all washrooms during their patrols to be as proactive as possible.”
Mohamed Lachemi, Ryerson’s president and vice-chancellor, confirmed on Monday that the security team has done a scan of all washrooms on campus and did not find anything similar.
“The security and safety of students, faculty and staff is [our] top priority,” Lachemi said. “We do everything possible to make sure that this environment in which they come to learn is safe, secure and welcoming.”
This story has been updated to include comments from Ryerson’s Community Safety and Security and Mohamed Lachemi.