SMC President Thanks Heroism Of Police, Staff, Students

Monday, 10 Jun 2013, 9:20:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Santa Monica College students walk around campus in front of the library Monday afternoon after the Santa Monica Police Department re-opened the school.  The community college had been closed the previous weekend due to Friday's tragic shooting that killed five people and wounded a handful of others.
Photo by Roger Morante
Santa Monica College students walk around campus in front of the library Monday afternoon after the Santa Monica Police Department re-opened the school. The community college had been closed the previous weekend due to Friday's tragic shooting that killed five people and wounded a handful of others.

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 counselĀ  those

in need, and to take the actions needed to start our work again

tomorrow.

This Monday, at 7 am, the main campus reopens. All buildings and services will be available except for the Library.

There

will be additional security personnel on site tomorrow and Tuesday. We

are again grateful to the City of Santa Monica Police Department for

this assistance.

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.

We

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

President

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