U of R student's Halloween costume lands him in trouble

A University of Regina student is being investigated by police after wearing a self-described terrorist costume to campus, which included an airsoft rifle.

Regina Police Service conducting its own investigation

A student at the University of Regina walked onto campus with an airsoft rifle on Monday. (Kevin O'Connor/CBC)

A University of Regina student is being investigated by police after wearing a self-described terrorist costume to campus on Halloween, which included an airsoft rifle.

Campus security stopped the student around 2:40 p.m. CST Monday after a staff member notified them there was a male near the Dr. John Archer Library carrying what appeared to be a rifle.

People need to feel safe if they're here and it just simply can't be done if someone is walking around with a replica rifle.- Pat Patton, U of R director of security and operations

"Our primary concern was the weapon that appeared to be a part of the outfit," said Pat Patton, the U of R's director of security and operations, who described the costume. "It's just simply not appropriate to be carrying a weapon or even a replica of a weapon on campus."

When security determined the student wasn't a threat — the rifle wasn't loaded — they took the weapon and escorted him to the campus security office. 

"He just thought it was a Halloween costume and he had dressed up for fun that day and didn't think it was an issue or concern," Patton said.

"People need to feel safe if they're here and it just simply can't be done if someone is walking around with a replica rifle like was done yesterday."

Patton said the student will be investigated under the university's non-academic misconduct policy. That could then lead to sanctions.

A Regina Police Service liaison on campus later took possession of the rifle and conducted their own investigation. Police have not yet determined if there will be charges.