Dispute between students escalates to stabbing at Emily Carr University: police

The Emily Carr University of Art and Design on Granville Island. (Photo from ecuad.ca).

VANCOUVER — A man is in custody after an ongoing feud between two students escalated to a stabbing at a British Columbia arts school, say Vancouver police.

Sgt. Randy Fincham said charges are expected against a 24-year-old man who called 911 to turn himself in Thursday morning.

Another man was stabbed in the face inside a classroom at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design on Granville Island around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, said Fincham.

"This was a regular night of classes where other students were at the school as well."

The 26-year-old victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for "minor injuries," said Fincham, before adding that "no facial injury or stabbing to the face is that minor of an injury."

Fincham was unable to comment on the nature of the dispute or the attacker's alleged motive.

"What was said or what happened leading up to last night's stabbing certainly will play a role in the investigation," he said.

The university cancelled classes on Thursday while police were still actively searching for the attacker, who had left following the attack.

In a news release issued Thursday morning, the university said it was enlisting additional counselling services to offer support to students and other community members.

"Emily Carr University is committed to safety for our students, faculty and staff," read the statement. "Student safety is of the utmost importance."

The university said an in an earlier release that there have been no incidents of violence on campus in recent history.

Classes and exams are scheduled to resume on Friday.

The university website indicates there were 2,002 full-time students in graduate and undergraduate programs at the school in the 2014-15 academic year and 1,273 full- and part-time students in certificate and continuing studies programs.

The Canadian Press

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