Arapahoe, December 13, 2013
Our thoughts are with the students, faculty, staff, and families of Arapahoe High School as they come together to comfort and heal following the shootings on their campus this afternoon. Let’s join with all Coloradans in sending our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery to the two students who were injured — as well as to all those members of the Arapahoe community who today have been forced to experience a level of trauma and heartbreak that no one should have to know.
Students, I know that many of you are Arapahoe alumni and have friends and family members at the school. Arapahoe is part of our CSU family, just as it’s part of yours. Please know that our campus community is here for you, and there are counseling services available through the CSU Health Network to provide support, comfort and counsel — during business hours, stop by the Health Network or call (970) 491-6053; after hours call (970) 491-7111 for 24/7 assistance.
Our housing staff is also here and prepared to connect with any students in the residence halls who want to talk through the incident, and Student Case Management is available to assist students with class absences or concerns related to finals. If you are concerned about a friend or fellow resident please visit the Tell Someone website or call (970) 491-1350.
I am deeply saddened to be writing this message, even as we look to tomorrow and the first anniversary of the Newtown tragedy. But I also know that there is tremendous strength in community and in the bonds among us — and that even at the darkest of times, the strength of our humanity and caring for one another can guide us through.
Please take care of yourselves and one another this weekend and as we head into finals next week.
Dr. Tony Frank