FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, October 5, 2015
Statement by the USSA Board of Directors on Umpqua Community College Shooting
Today, we hold in memory the lives of students and professors that were lost at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Instead of being able to follow their dreams of pursuing higher education, their lives were cut short in yet another horrific and violent gun-related attack on students.
Tragic events such as this are reminders of our fragility as humans and the privileges we have to be alive, well, and learning . The United States Student Association extends our love and support to the families and friends of those lost. Earlier this week, President Barack Obama addressed the nation by saying “…In the coming days we will learn about the victims. The people who were studying and learning and working hard, their eyes set on the future, their dreams on what they make in their lives… Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough.”
We observe a moment of silence with students across the country that are holding vigils in honor of the students who were lost. This statement is an act of solidarity, one that we know can be only a small part of the struggle to end the alarming increase of violent gun-related attacks on students.
The United States Student Association Board of Directors
CONTACT: Breana Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-640-6581
The United States Student Association (USSA) is the nation’s oldest and largest student-led, student-run organization representing over 1.5 million members.