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November 9, 2011

University alumni express sorrow, dismay

FROSTBURG — Not only are residents and Frostburg State University students upset about the recent stabbing that led to the death of 19-year-old Kortneigh McCoy, but alumni are as well. Alumni are expressing their en-couragement, support, sorrow and dismay in response to the terrible tragedy, FSU President Jonathan Gibralter wrote in an email to alumni.

“I have also heard from a few alumni who are very upset and who want answers. I am reaching out to all alumni because like you, I am deeply concerned and incredibly saddened by the violence that has shaken Frostburg this past weekend,” wrote Gibralter. “I share your outrage, your alarm and your grief — as does our entire campus community — that something like this has happened again.”

On April 18, 2010, 21-year-old Brandon Carroll of Glen Burnie was fatally wounded in an incident at his East College Avenue residence.

McCoy died early Sunday morning after being stabbed in the head in front of a Maple Street residence where an off-campus party had taken place.

“I wish I could tell you that Frostburg State University has not lost lives to violence,” wrote Gibralter. “That our students have not jeopardized their future with rash decisions and actions. I realize that we’re all looking for something … anything … that can explain what has happened.”

Gibralter promised to continue to build upon existing strategies and initiatives addressing student conduct on and off campus.

“We will continue to enforce policies and procedures that hold our students fully accountable for their behavior,” wrote Gibralter.

The university has always encouraged students, faculty and staff to address conflict in a sensitive, responsible way, explained Gibralter. The university recently renewed its partnership with the National Coalition Building Institute, an international leader in conflict resolution.

“This partnership will play a critical role in strengthening our efforts in this arena,” wrote Gibralter. “As you read this, we are in the process of organizing several forums to engage our students in discussions about how to most effectively resolve conflict and why some students find it difficult to do so in a constructive, healthy manner.”

Gibralter noted that he is proud of the way the students responded to the tragedy and the way they continually make positive contributions to the community, state and the world.

“We ask you to support your alma mater and remember why we are strong, why this tragedy will not define us and will not undermine the positive changes that are happening every day,” wrote Gibralter. “We have many reasons to be proud. In the days ahead, we hope you will stand by us and help us move forward.”

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