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Curtin University
Note to staff

6 April 2016


Students injured in the United States

Early this morning the University was advised that two Curtin WA School of Mines students visiting the United States had sustained gunshot wounds during an incident in New Orleans.

Both students are now in hospital and are reported to be in a stable condition.  Their families have been contacted and are arranging to travel to the US.  The University is providing support and assistance to the injured students and their families.  Support is also being provided to the others in the group who were not in the vicinity of the shooting and are unharmed.

The students were in the United States as part of the WASM Wombats team which participated in the Intercollegiate Mining Games.  The Games had finished and a group of students went to New Orleans on a private holiday.

This is a very distressing situation and our thoughts are with the injured students and their families.  Curtin will continue to provide all the support it can to all those involved, and WA School of Mines Director Sam Spearing will be flying to New Orleans tonight.

  1. Helen Verhoeff April 6, 2016 3:33pm

    This is just awful news – my best wishes for a speedy recovery and a safe return home.

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