May 8, 2009

Vassar Jewish Union Speaks About Wesleyan Tragedy

The Vassar Jewish Union's president Natania Gazek '09 is speaking up about the Wesleyan tragedy. Natania wrote the following message in an email to VJU members:

"I'm writing to you in light of the fatal shooting of Johanna Justin-Jinich yesterday at Wesleyan. Today Wesleyan's website reported that, "Although [Stephen Morgan, the shooter] apparently had a direct link to the victim but no other connection to the Wesleyan community, we have now been made aware that he expressed threats in his personal journals toward Wesleyan and/or its Jewish students."

I was overwhelmed when I read this statement, and I don't doubt that some of you may have similar feelings and reactions. I want to reiterate Dean Roellke's statement that support is always available on our campus through friends, classmates, faculty, administration and staff. I especially want to remind you that our Adviser to Jewish Students, Rabbi Rena Blumenthal, is one of these people who is here to support us, especially when our feelings are related to our identity as Jews."

In other news on the shooting, The New York Times reports that the judge raised Morgan's bail from $10 million to $15 million in this morning's arraignment.

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