It has been confirmed by a high ranking employee of the college that all suspects in the assault on Chris Kenny are students from Trinity. It is expected that the Hartford Police Department will be making arrests after students return from Spring Break.
While this individual could not speak on the record, this statement was made in a public setting today.
UPDATE: I have received many emails and comments about this article. Rather than respond to all of them individually, I will use this space to clear up some questions.
While rumors had circulated about this information for weeks, I refused to publish them because they were simply coming from faculty and students who had been getting their information secondhand. When this Trinity employee spoke in public yesterday it was not to me, but everyone in the space could hear this conversation. It should be noted that this employee’s position requires being informed about this matter. Naming the individual could result in the loss of that person’s job, but those who have consistently read Real Hartford know that I do not print gossip nor invent information.
Furthermore, this article should not be construed as an attack upon the victim. While the employee had disclosed other details about the case, I opted to not publish those because they could be damaging to the case.
I chose to publish this information because from the start a vocal minority repeated the rumor that the attackers were from the local community. It is unjust to allow residents to worry about the potential of random assaults when we have reliable information that suggests the public is not in danger.
UPDATE: (27 March) To be clear, the information being reported was not invented by me. I am simply acting as the messenger, reporting on what was spoken loudly and clearly by a Trinity employee. If that person’s statement lacks truth, then it reflects poorly on a high-ranking employee making such comments, particularly when advised by the Trinity administration not to speculate on the case.
UPDATE: (15 May 2012) The Courant finally gets around to publishing information that has been circulating since March: “Internal Trinity Report: ‘Preppy-looking White Males’ Assaulted Student.”
UPDATE: (4 July 2012) Published on a holiday, the equivalent of publishing on a Friday afternoon, the Courant quotes political leaders calling out Trinity for mishandling the assault case. As a bonus, this is done during the summer when most students are no longer on campus.
Reprinted with permission of Kerri Provost, author of the blog RealHartford.
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