From President Brian Murphy: In Sadness and Solidarity
Dear Students and Community Members,
We at De Anza have all been stunned by the shooting deaths at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Our thoughts are with the students, faculty, staff and community there.
Among the first things we did yesterday was check in with our own district police. They were tracking everything happening at Umpqua and in touch with police in Oregon. District Chief of Police Ron Levine assured me they would bring to us any "lessons learned" from the shootings as soon as possible.
We do have existing protocols for these kinds of terrible events, and this quarter are in fact providing scheduled training, organized well before the events of yesterday.
It is a sad commentary that we would even have such protocols and training, but we do, and we are glad to be better prepared. Yet there is cold comfort in it, as each event is frightening in different ways, and shakes our ordinary sense of security.
Let's be mindful that many among us will be shaken, and will want to know if they are safe. The anxiety will be real and immediate, and I urge both generosity and support to one another.
It's a horrible way to start the quarter, otherwise off to a good beginning here. No amount of madness will sway De Anza College from our commitment to our students and to our community.
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