ANU students, lecturer bashed with baseball bat in attack at Canberra campus

Updated 25 Aug 2017, 7:07pm

Three students and a lecturer have been injured in an attack by a baseball bat-wielding student in an Australian National University (ANU) classroom.

Police said an 18-year-old man stood up from his seat and assaulted the female lecturer at the front of the class with the bat.

Three other students were injured when they tried to intervene.

The man has been taken into custody and police said there was no ongoing threat to public safety.

Those at the scene have been comforting each other in the wake of the attack and the university is offering counselling.

“Other students in the class have intervened and have attempted to restrain the student with the baseball bat,” acting deputy chief police officer Ben Cartwright said.

“[It showed] incredible bravery on behalf of those students to protect the lecturer.”

Detective Superintendent Cartwright said the man was restrained by campus security until police arrived.

He confirmed the man assaulted four people – one male student, two female students and the female lecturer – and said none had life-threatening injuries.

“They appear to be defensive injuries, we believe [there are] a couple of broken bones, a broken arm,” he said.

They were all taken to the Canberra Hospital.

 

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