The Office of Precollege Programs, alongside with our OSU community, is profoundly saddened by the senseless tragedy that occurred in Uvalde, Texas with the murder of 19 children and 2 teachers. We collectively grieve this horrific event, the precious lives lost, and grieve for those whose lives are forever altered with this brutality. Our programs serve K-12 audiences every day to provide thriving pathways for youth learners. We can’t begin to imagine what our educators and learners are going through each day with these acts of repeated violence and threat to life and safety. It’s difficult to express the magnitude of appreciation we have for all our educators, learners, partners and colleagues.
In the words of our Interim President Becky Johnson “as a leading public research university, we must pursue research and generate evidence-based insights for decision makers to debate and enact public policies and provide programs to prevent these incidents and end this crisis.” We join in the call for action to end these threats to the lives of learners, educators and all people.