Sheridan College Says None of its Students Were Involved in Brampton Parking Lot Brawl
If you live in Brampton, you’ve likely heard about the violent parking lot brawl that happened at the plaza across the street from Sheridan College in Brampton last week.
The unpopular opinion amongst some residents since the brawl broke out in the area of Sheridan College has been that some of the aggressors were students at Sheridan College. Sheridan College released a statement recently saying that’s not the case.
"No evidence exists at this time to suggest that the individuals who recently have been identified as the aggressors in this incident are studying at Sheridan," said President and Vice Chancellor at Sheridan College, Dr. Mary Preece. "Regardless, we are eager to work with our local community partners and stakeholders to advance our shared interests in contributing to the health and well-being of this City that we are very proud to call home."
On Sunday, December 10, 2017, at around 10:30 p.m., officers attended the scene of a brawl that broke out at a parking lot in the area of Steeles Avenue West and McLaughlin Road. The brawl involved a massive group of people with several 2x4s as weapons.
A 19 year old male suffered minor injuries in the assault and was treated at a local hospital.
On Friday, December 15, officers arrested three Brampton men. Karanbir Singh, Harbir Singh (both 22), and Gurpreet Singh (20) have each been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm.
Some residents have speculated that the perpetrators were not just Sheridan College students — but international students.
Sheridan College has mentioned international students in its statement, saying that the institution has supports in place to help new students thrive in the community.
“New students to Sheridan are involved in on boarding and Orientation programs that introduce them to a wide range of supports that are available to help foster their success. For international students, Sheridan hosts pre-departure Orientations in its largest markets of China and India, with part two unfolding on campus, following students' arrival.”
The College went on to say that “Sheridan's International Centre further assists students with cultural and social integration through workshops and advisement services, providing information on study and work permits, offering peer-to-peer support and running social activities to enable students to acclimatize to both Sheridan and its surroundings.”
Numerous witnesses watched and recorded the event, and a video of the incident began circulating on social media.
“This incident had caused a great deal of concern and attention in the community. Peel Regional Police want to ensure the public that these types of incidents will be investigated thoroughly as public safety is our top priority,” said Inspector Raj Biring of Peel Police.
Sheridan College agrees.
"We all have a role to play in fostering the building blocks of a vibrant community - collaboration, unity and a sense of belonging," said Preece. "By working together, we can create the important sense of safety, security and connection that underpins our collective well-being."