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Statement from the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, Michigan Asian Pacific American Commission and Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs regarding the shooting at Michigan State University
February 14, 2023
The three ethnic commissions, housed in the Office of Global Michigan, are jointly saddened by the news that gun violence has hit so close to home, in our state of Michigan, at Michigan State University.
The information reported on Monday night of yet another school shooting in our nation both shocked and disheartened the commissioners and staff. The commissions firmly adhere to the notion that guns, and gun violence have no place in schools. We support changes in gun legislation that would ensure protection and safety for all. Our hearts go out to the families of those from the MSU community who died and those injured in the shooting.
No words can erase the pain such a tragedy has caused. This will be a long journey to recovery, and we support the MSU community as they begin to unpack the devastation that has and continues to unfold. The commission acknowledges the swift attention this incident was given by university, local, state and Federal Law enforcement agencies.
We hope that students, faculty, staff, and the community at large reach out to the appropriate mental health service providers in their area. Below we have included various crisis help lines including that of MSU and Community Mental Health. These services are free, confidential, and offered 24/7. We hope that time indeed heals the psychological, emotional, and physical wounds inflicted upon the MSU and East Lansing/Greater Lansing area on Monday February 13, 2023.
We stand in solidarity with Governor Whitmer and agree with her statement that, “Certain places are supposed to be about community, learning, or joy—elementary schools and college campuses, movie theaters and dance halls, grocery stores and workplaces. They should not be the sites of bloodshed.”
Read Gov. Whitmer's full statement.
- Students Call: (517) 355-8270 (Press “1” at the prompt)
- Community Mental Health: (517) 346-8460
- OKAY2SAY: Michigan Student Safety Tip Line
- Call: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)
- Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)