Superintendent/President Dr. Anthony Beebe Statement on Thousand Oaks Shooting
November 8, 2018Dear SBCC community,
I’m heartbroken to wake up to one more mass shooting. This time - another act of horrific violence is close to home. Details are still being confirmed, but last night a mass shooting took place at the Borderline Grill bar in Thousand Oaks. It appears that it was “College Night” at the bar. Patrons were happily line dancing and spending time with friends. Ventura County law enforcement has confirmed 13 people were killed. This includes the gunman and a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s department. Sergeant Ron Helus was killed after heroically going in to the scene to confront the shooter and protect those inside.
Family members and friends of the victims are suffering this morning and our hearts are certainly with them. I have reached out to our Ventura County college colleagues to offer our support as they wait to determine if any of their students are involved. At this time, we are not aware of any SBCC students involved.
I just met with the leadership of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The students expressed how horrific and frequent these mass shootings have become. Events like this can trigger trauma and anxiety for any of us. SBCC offers many services to support students and staff. You can find more information about these services at the Student Health and Wellness Services page.
Please, let's take care of one another and don’t hesitate to reach out for support.
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