Office of the President

June 5, 2014

President Young on the SPU shooting

Michael K. Young

Dear members of the University of Washington Community:

Another tragic shooting occurred today, this time much closer to home at our neighbor, Seattle Pacific University. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to those who were shot, to their families and friends, and to the entire Seattle Pacific University community. We can only imagine the shock and horror they experienced today at the hands of an individual bent on destructive and violent acts.

Based on the news reports that have been forthcoming, the perpetrator is in custody and the incident at SPU is under control. Any occurrence like this raises concerns for the safety of the entire community, especially such a close-knit community as a college or university. I know everyone is especially vigilant at a time like this and rightly so. Again, I want to remind everyone that we have resources on campus where people can go to report any incident or event that causes discomfort or concern:

Please be wary and look out for each other. Together, we are our best protection.


Michael K. Young