While it has been several months since the April 12, 2013, shooting at the mall, some students, faculty, and staff may be finding that they still feel affected by the experiences of that day. This is a very common response to trauma, and with that in mind, we want to make sure folks are able to access the resources that they need.
Members of the state’s Crisis Response Team will be on hand on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, and Thursday, December 5, 2013, to facilitate group “debriefing” sessions for those who wish to discuss issues related to the April shootings. These sessions are simply guided conversations about your reactions to the shootings, how you have been handling your reactions, and expectations for continued coping. Team members have extensive experience working with victims of crime and trauma. Each session should last 75 to 90 minutes, and participation is completely voluntary.
Staff from the Montgomery County Victim/Witness Assistance Program (with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office) will also be on hand to share information and answer questions about the criminal justice process as it relates to the criminal case.
If you would like to participate, please email a message to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which session you wish to attend. (We have been asked to provide a headcount for the Crisis Response Team so that they may ensure they have adequate staff on hand.)
|Session 1: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
||11:00 a.m. at the mall site (for faculty and staff)
|Session 2: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
||3:00 p.m. at the mall site (for students)
|Session 3: Thursday, December 5, 2013
||11:00 a.m. on campus (for faculty and staff)
|Session 4: Thursday, December 5, 2013
||2:00 p.m. on campus (for students)
Communications from NRCC President, Dr. Jack Lewis
I realize that questions abound in the aftermath of Friday's incident. Here are some follow-up details for your information.
- Health/medical benefits are available through the Virginia Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund to anyone who was at the mall site when Friday's events occurred, and other resources are also available (more details will be communicated separately). As previously noted, counseling services are being provided both in Christiansburg and Dublin to anyone desiring them.
- Members of the college’s Emergency Management Team and other administrative staff continue to meet to address the various issues at hand. This work took place over the weekend and is ongoing.
- As you may know, Dr. Mark Rowh is serving as the college’s spokesman for all matters related to the incident. If you are contacted by the media, please refer them to Mark.
- The following sessions will be held over the next couple of days:
- A meeting of the executive committee of the Faculty Assembly is being scheduled.
- A meeting for faculty will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the mall site. See Dr. Huber’s e-mail for more details.
- Two gatherings will be held Wednesday for anyone who would like to attend. The first will take place at 10 a.m. in Edwards Hall 117. A similar gathering will be held at 3 p.m. at the mall site, Room 123. The purpose will be to provide everyone in the college family a chance to gather and provide mutual support.
- Most importantly, we continue to think of those who were injured and extend prayers and all best wishes for their full and speedy recovery.
We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of concern and offers of help received from so many. As just one example, counseling services have been provided by professionals from Virginia Tech, Radford University, New River Valley Community Services and the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, among others. Listing more in any comprehensive way would delay this communication, so we will save other acknowledgements for later. But let me say now, thank you to all who have assisted in any way.
We will continue to keep you informed. As an additional communication measure, a page is being set up on the NRCC website to share relevant information. When live, the link will be nr.edu/support.
In the days ahead, we will appreciate your continued support and understanding.
NRCC STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND FRIENDS,
In light of yesterday's unfortunate incident at the college's site at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, I want to reiterate my deep concern for all those affected. Our hearts go out to the injured individuals and their families, as well as to all of you in the New River Community College family.
Please let me assure you that active steps are being taken to provide all necessary assistance and to pursue the appropriate follow-up measures. Our Emergency Response Team has been in action since the event took place, including a comprehensive meeting this morning and discussions with the Secretary of Education, the VCCS Chancellor and other officials.
Later today a community support gathering will be held at Grace Life
Baptist Church in Christiansburg. The church is located near the NRV Mall at 1640 Peppers Ferry Road, and the gathering will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Counselors will be available. Additional counseling services are also available at other times and locations; more details will be forthcoming.
At this time I must express our gratitude to all those who have reached out to us following this tragedy. In particular, we are very grateful to the law enforcement personnel who acted so expeditiously, and also to Virginia Tech officials who have graciously offered their assistance.
Let us all hope for a quick and full recovery of those injured and comfort for the emotional pain so many now feel. My request is that we all support one another in every way possible in the days ahead.
As many of you know by now, there was an incident at the NRCC Mall Site around 2 p.m. The Christiansburg Police Department has released information about an NRCC student who came on site and shot two people. The police will continue to release information as the investigation continues.
I appreciate the way our students and employees handled the incident this afternoon. My concern is with those who were harmed, but I am also concerned about all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you search for comfort and peace following this tragic event.