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Dr. Hoppe Responds to Virginia Tech Tragedy

On behalf of Austin Peay State University, I want to express our shock and sadness over the senseless shootings yesterday at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

We offer sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed and injured, and we grieve with them as they try to comprehend how this tragedy could have occurred on their beautiful, pastoral campus.
On behalf of Austin Peay State University, I want to express our shock and sadness over the senseless shootings yesterday at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

We offer sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed and injured, and we grieve with them as they try to comprehend how this tragedy could have occurred on their beautiful, pastoral campus.

Higher educational leaders and campus police nationwide work hard day and night to provide the safest environments possible for our college students to pursue their education. However, yesterday's tragic events make us aware that college campuses are part of a larger society and are not immune to violence.

We at Austin Peay State University have embraced our place in a global society. As Ernest Hemingway reminded us with the title of his book, taken from a poem by John Donne: “Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

The sad bells that toll across Blacksburg, Va., today toll for all who are part of the higher education family, all who are suffering with the families and friends of this tragedy.

We are inspired by the strength and compassion of Virginia Tech's president, faculty, staff and students. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time as they, with heavy hearts, lead a shocked campus and community toward recovery.


Sherry L. Hoppe

President
Austin Peay State University