Lastweek a video clip surfaced the internet showing a gang of security guards at the University of Technology (UTECH) in Jamaica brutally beating a gay man on the school’s compound.
The video went viral on social networks including Facebook and Twitter.
On Thursday, a male student of UTECH was allegedly caught in a compromising position with another male student inside a campus bathroom as he’s accused of having sexual intercourse with the man, who later fled from the scene. The unidentified student was held by Marksman security personnel, who caught the men in the bathroom before bringing him to a guardroom with an angry mob of students waiting for him outside.
The security personnel were then caught on tape punching, kicking and draping the student while they shielded him from the mob. A video of the incident was later posted on YouTube and the security guards involved have since been fired by Marksman.
A joint statement, issued on Friday afternoon by Marksman and UTECH detailed the incident while condemning the actions of the security personnel involved.
“This student was physically assaulted by on duty security guards employed by the contracted security company, Marksman Limited while several other students encircled the Guard Room attempting to get hold of the student,” the statement read in part.
“The University’s administration, the University’s Students’ Union and Marksman Ltd. strongly condemn the assault on the student by the security guards, and other individuals. Marksman Limited immediately removed the security guards who were involved in the assault. “
Meanwhile, UTECH administrators are conducting an in-depth investigation into the matter while the university revealed that they have been conducting counseling sessions for the students involved. No information was revealed regarding the beaten student’s well-being.
Furthermore, UTECH’s student union executive has initiated a series of discussions and sensitization sessions to encourage appropriate student behavior while promoting safety and security for the tertiary institution’s student body.