Students feel safe

Brophy Hall residents reflect on the stabbing incident

Despite a stabbing having occurred in their hall early Sunday, Feb. 23, Brophy residents remain calm and feel safe.

The suspect and the victim, both Ferris Students, live in Brophy Hall and are acquainted, according to police.

On Sunday, staff, which involved resident advisers on duty along with night security within the buildings, followed “typical protocol,” according to Ferris News Services Manager Sandy Gholston.

Ferris automotive engineering technology freshman and Brophy Hall resident Garrett Whipple doesn’t feel his safety in Brophy Hall is threatened.

“Not much has changed in Brophy,” Whipple said. “There are signs at the entrance doors for emergency contacts now, but really nothing much has been changed. Our RA and Hall Director haven’t contacted us yet, but I’m sure we’ll have a meeting soon. Overall, I feel pretty safe in Brophy.”

According to a Torch update at 7:55 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, the suspect was believed to have used a pocket knife with a 2- to 3-inch blade in the stabbing.

Pocket knives are allowed in residence halls as long as the blade does not exceed 2.5 inches.

Ferris diagnostic medical sonography freshman and McNerny Hall resident Meredith Abbe was gone at the time of the incident and said she didn’t think too much about it.

“I feel safe, but I always have my doors locked,” Abbe said.

Ferris encourages Bulldog Awareness and instructs students to inform resident advisors, hall directors, front desk staff or the Ferris Department of Safety if anything is suspicious or out of place.

“This was an isolated incident, and all students should feel safe,” Gholston said.

*Editor’s note: Information provided by Gholston was gathered from Director of Housing and Residence Life Bryan Marquardt and Assistant Director of Residential Programs and Services Lisa Ortiz.