University of Hartford Stabbing
A group project at the University of Hartford went horribly wrong this past Sunday when two students were stabbed. University of Hartford student Jake Wascher has been accused of stabbing two classmates in a dorm room while practicing for a drama class assignment. After stabbing the two students Wascher then ran into the campus woods but was later found by police.
Lieutenant Paul Cicero said in a statement, “One of the victims, a 21-year-old male suffered one punctured wound to the chest and four to the back. A second victim, 19-year-old male suffered from a single puncture would to the chest as well as the back.”
Students although shaken by this incident are taking it well-said Hartford student Matt Frasier. “Students seem to be very relaxed I don’t mean accepting but more safe and secure then they would after something like that,” said Frasier.
The university sent out an email to students saying that if they need counseling or assistance the university is providing services to help the campus community. The university stated, “While there is no ongoing threat to campus, we recognize that this isolated incident is frightening and unsettling.”
According to court documents, when Wascher was found he told police that we was just interested in what it was like to stab someone and that he was not provoked or endangered.
Quinnipiac student Rob Tammaro said there should be more focus on mental health in college campuses to permit events like this from happening. “I think mental health is an issue amongst college students whether it’s at Uhart or across the country and I think colleges could change the stigma of it by maybe sending emails or making it more accessible for students to access help”.
Uhart commuter, Jake Wascher is now being charged with two counts a criminal content to commit murder and two counts of assault first degree. His bail is being held at $1 million dollars.