Last night’s tragedy at Michigan State University is the latest example of violence and threats disrupting educational opportunities for Michigan students. Our students, educators, and support staff deserve to feel safe in their communities. They deserve to go to school, to their workplaces, to the movies, or to their places of worship without fear of violence.

Almost all of the students who were locked down last night have already navigated the stress of going to high school or college during a pandemic. Many others are survivors of trauma or violence in their homes and communities. These students deserve a chance to pursue a brighter future in a place where they feel safe and able to become the fullest version of themselves.

Safety for all students, both on and off campus, must be a priority before college access can be equitably achieved. When students feel safe and supported in their pursuit of education, it leads to strong, thriving communities. MCAN supports educators, administrators, and community members in their relentless work advocating for students, and we share in the collective mourning of the lives lost and impacted at MSU.