Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
Two days ago, Ash Wednesday, we heard of yet another horrific school shooting in our country. By the time it was over, 17 people, both students and educators, lay dead inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The confessed gunman, a 19-year-old former student, committed this atrocity using a semiautomatic rifle, which he had purchased legally.
For all the innocent victims of this tragedy, and for their families and friends, we offer sincere condolences and prayer. Yet there is more that we can and should do to honor those lost on Wednesday and in many previous shootings.
As a Catholic College, we are called to examine and address the structures in our society that allow such senseless acts of violence to continue. Like Emmanuel College students and faculty have done for over nine decades, we today must engage in critical social analysis of the root causes of the problems of our day and reflect on effective responses and actions.
I invite all members of our College community to take an active role in public life by being well informed, by communicating with our legislators and by exercising our voting privilege. On and beyond this campus, may we continue to be people of conscience, compassion and commitment.
Sister Janet Eisner, SND