Editor's Note: This is a letter sent from SMC president Dr. Chui Tsang on Sunday evening at about 7 pm via email.
Dear Campus Community,
I believe "heroism" is the word that will become associated with the events of these past few days:
-- Heroism on the part of the officers who neutralized the attacker. These
members of the City of Santa Monica Police Department and the Santa
Monica College Police Department have practiced together for years to
prepare for events such as Friday's.
-- Heroism on the part of
our staff, faculty, and students in the Campus Library and elsewhere on
campus who acted decisively to protect life.
-- Heroism on the part of our students to protect and comfort each other and provide support.
-- Heroism on the part of our faculty in the hours on Friday and this weekend to accommodate students' end-of-semester needs.
-- Heroism on the part of all of us during these same hours to arrange for
the pick-up of belongings, to answer phone inquiries, to counsel those
in need, and to take the actions needed to start our work again
This Monday, at 7 am, the main campus reopens. All buildings and services will be available except for the Library.
will be additional security personnel on site tomorrow and Tuesday. We
are again grateful to the City of Santa Monica Police Department for
Many members of our campus community have
suggested a vigil as an important next step, and are coordinating this
event to take place tomorrow night (Monday night) at 6 pm in front of
the Campus Library. All are welcome. Thank you for this helpful action.
work every day to help students overcome obstacles and to achieve their
career and transfer goals. This Tuesday at 6 pm we celebrate the
achievements of many of our students as they graduate. We look forward
to this wonderful ceremony and time of family pride. We hope you can
join us if you have not already made plans to do so.
Thank you again for your patience, your resilience, and your strength.
Chui L. Tsang
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