McCANDLESS (KDKA) — A report of an alleged attack on a child over the weekend in a wooded area of the North Hills prompted an alert at a nearby college campus.
The alleged attack didn’t happen on campus, but it was reported in a housing complex next door, and while the college doesn’t see a direct threat to students it isn’t taking any chances.
The alleged incident happened around 4 p.m. on Saturday near the Nineteen North Apartments.
According to police, a 12-year-old girl reported that while she was in a wooded area near the apartment complex looking for frogs, a man hit her with some type of board or log.
While police are still investigating those claims, they alerted CCAC North, and the college issued a warning about the reported incident.
“While the college is not aware of any immediate threat to the safety of the college community, CCAC is urging all individuals to exercise caution when walking, parking and/or driving in the area.”
The alert also advises students to walk in well-lit areas, avoid walking alone, and to walk in groups or use a buddy system, and to call campus security if they would like an escort to the parking lot.
But some students we talked with think there are already adequate safety resources in place.
“I think it’s good that we all got the alert, but me personally, I feel very safe on this campus,” said Sasha Harmon, a student. “There’s great security here. They’re always walking around all the time around the building so I feel very safe here. Very safe.”
“I have never felt threatened on this campus, and even if you did, there’s security teams. If you ask, they’ll walk you to your car if its late at night,” added Ryan Rossman, another student.
The original reported attack remains under investigation by McCandless Police.