With deep condolences and heavy hearts, we mourn the three students who lost their lives in the shooting that occurred at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. We stand beside the five young adults who were wounded, wishing them and their families a peaceful recovery. We also acknowledge the intense pain that this tragedy has brought to the victims’ and survivors’ families, the student body of Michigan State University, employees and friends of MSU, and educators and community members across Michigan. We stand in solidarity, firm in our belief that violence, discrimination, and hatred in schools are unacceptable and represent an assault against all of humanity.

As a professional organization representing our state’s English language arts teachers and English educators, MCTE condemns all hateful incidents and calls for an end to all school violence. We will continue to support student centered healing by resolving to address trauma and grief in manageable, resilient ways as Michigan educators.