We find ourselves, once again, faced with another officer-involved fatal shooting of a Black man. This time, Jonathan Price in Wolfe City.
I recognize that the psychological, physiological and emotional stress of our Black students and staff is being continually tested and tried each time this occurs. I am truly sorry for the hardships the repeated deaths of Black people at the hands of police are causing members of our community.
I urge everyone to check on your friends and colleagues. If you are personally struggling, I encourage you to utilize our Employee Assistance Program, talk to your supervisor to see if you can take some time off, or find someone you trust to talk to.
I wish so much that I could take away the pain, anger and hurt that our Black staff and students are feeling. Please know that I see you and acknowledge the toll this is taking on you.
Elizabeth With, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs