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Penn State Shares Resources Following Texas Tragedy

Penn State reminded students and community members of counseling resources and its active attacker response program following the tragedy in Texas this week.

On Tuesday, at least 19 children and two teachers were killed following a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

“As the country continues to grapple with the horrifying act of violence committed May 24 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Penn State joins with the nation in expressing its deepest sympathies for the victims, their families and friends, and the entire Uvalde community,” the release said.

“As we mourn this and other senseless acts of violence committed this month in Buffalo, New York, and Laguna Woods, California, the feelings of fear, anger, grief and sadness weigh heavy on our own University family,” the release continued. “As we try to process the heartbreaking events that have gripped our nation in recent weeks, Penn State is sharing information and resources as a reminder to community members to care for one another, and seek support when needed.”

Students can utilize Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 814-863-0395. Employees and eligible family members are offered free mental health and counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program.

Penn Staters are also encouraged to call the Penn State Crisis Line (877-229-6400) or text the Crisis Text Line by messaging “LIONS” to 741741. Licensed professionals can offer guidance for crisis and noncrisis situations 24/7.

Students and faculty are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with Penn State’s Active Attacker Response Program. The program follows a “Run, Hide, Fight” model in case of an emergency.

Additionally, the PSUAlert system would send a message to the community in the event of an active shooter or attacker. Students and employees can sign up to receive the alerts here.

Campus groups are also able to sign up for Active Attacker Response Program training by requesting a session with Penn State police.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with the victims, loved ones, first responders, and extended Uvalde community impacted by this unspeakable tragedy,” Charlie Noffsinger, Penn State associate vice president for University Police and Public Safety, said. “We rightfully expect our schools and classrooms to be safe places, and it shakes us all when that sense of security has been breached. We are all hurting, and it is important that we stand as one community in support of one another, and in opposition to hatred and violence.”

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