Matthew Gibbons, left, Eric Denning, right

Feb 23, 2016 6:52 PM

UNH suspends 2 students charged in connection with stabbing incident

DURHAM — Two University of New Hampshire students charged in connection with the stabbing of another student on Saturday have been suspended according to university officials.

According to Fosters Daily Democrat, Matthew Gibbons, 20, and Eric Denning, 21, both of Salem, will remain suspended pending the outcome of their cases, according to a statement from UNH on Tuesday.

"The university is extremely disappointed in the conduct of the two students arrested and charged in connection with the assault of a third student. Behavior of this type will absolutely not be tolerated and we have launched our own investigation into the incident. The university is and will continue to cooperate fully with Durham police," the UNH statement said.

The incident occurred in the hallway of an apartment building at 17 Madbury Road. The victim has been identified as Dean Skelley, 20, who was taken to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover for emergency surgery after receiving two stab wounds, according to police.

According to UNH spokeswoman Erika Mantz, "University policy allows for either immediate interim suspension or administrative separation from the university when students are facing felony charges, and university policy was followed. In situations like this the university is mindful of its commitment to community safety and the needs of all its students."

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