Johnson responds to recent school shootings and provides mental health resources

The two shootings, which occurred 10 days apart, left several dead and were discussed in a university-wide email on Tuesday. Credit: Sophia Tobias | Lantern Photo File

University President Kristina M. Johnson addressed the recent shootings in Texas and Buffalo, providing mental health resources for students in a university-wide email Thursday.

The two shootings, which occurred 10 days apart, left several people dead. Johnson said in the email that the shooting had affected her deeply and that she and the Buckeye community mourned the loss of those who died.

“The tragic and senseless shooting in Texas on Tuesday undoubtedly affected many of us and caused great sadness,” Johnson said. “The entire Buckeye Nation joins in mourning for the victims, as we did for those killed in the Buffalo shootings and all other acts of violence nationwide.”

The supermarket shooting in Buffalo, New York, took place on May 14, in which 10 victims – all black people – were killed, according to the Gun Violence Archives. The second shooting took place Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 21 people – including 19 children – were killed.

Johnson said university resources are available for students who have mental health issues. She said that although Mental Health Awareness Month ends on Tuesday, the Student Life Office continue to provide resources.

“In the wake of the shooting in Texas, and as we wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month, please don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it,” Johnson said.

The story was updated at 6:26 p.m. to reflect a more accurate number of people killed in the Texas shooting.

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