Johnson says the University's 'hearts and prayers go out to the students and teachers'

10/22/2013 | By: Marc Johnson  |

In the aftermath of yesterday's unthinkable tragedy, our hearts and prayers go out to the students and teachers at Sparks Middle School and especially to the family and friends of the victims. We are at a moment of profound sadness for our community. It is moments such as these where we must join together and provide the strength and solace those affected by yesterday's events need. I know we all join in feeling a deep sense of sympathy for the family of math teacher Michael Landsberry, whose loss yesterday goes beyond all words. I know we also join in feeling unfettered admiration for his actions yesterday. Michael was a 2000 graduate of our College of Education, and his heroism speaks volumes about his character and his abiding sense of duty.

In the days and weeks to come, please know there are resources and services available to those in need of support or information. Counseling services are available to our students. For parents or those who work with children, faculty in our Department of Psychology have compiled information to assist and KUNR also featured a special interview with helpful information.  Safety and preparedness information is available on our Police Services web site.

Marc Johnson
University of Nevada, Reno


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