The tension between McMaster students and seniors reached a fever pitch early this morning when violence erupted on a city bus. Witnesses on the bus say they heard a crash and saw a shower of glass.
“I was hit by something metal,” says Andrew DeBoer, a 21-year-old sociology student. “Before I realized it was an oxygen tank, two or three old men were holding me down and slapping me. Then, out of nowhere, there were dozens of elderly folks hitting us with whatever they could get their hands on.”
The HSR driver was stunned by the violence on both sides. “The students were initially in shock. But a few text messages later and loads of students filled the street.”
The level of violence and injury is new, but this incident is part of a larger problem. Several candidates for the President of the McMaster Student Union are running on a thinly veiled anti-senior platform. Combine this with lower than expected funding for the Senior Achievement Center in Ancaster, and malicious student pranks at Shalom Manor, and you have a whole lot of angry seniors.
One student, yet to be identified, had his face disfigured beyond recognition. “I saw it all,” says a shaken philosophy student. “This old woman was swinging her cellphone by its antennae and was smashing it in his face, over and over.”
After thirty minutes of chaos, riot police were able to calm down the streets. The question now is how we can avoid incidences like this in the future. The head of the student union and a delegate of seniors from the community will be meeting later this week to discuss what happened.
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