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Note to staff

7 April 2016


Update on injured students

I am pleased and relieved to advise that the condition of both students injured in a shooting in New Orleans yesterday is improving.  Both are awake and alert, though still hospitalised.  Family members of the two young men are either with them or arriving soon, which I am sure will be a great comfort to both them and their families.

Professor Sam Spearing, Director of the Curtin WA School of Mines, will be arriving in New Orleans shortly.  Coincidentally another senior Curtin academic is also in New Orleans and has offered to assist in anyway she can.  I am sure these two Curtin staff will provide invaluable practical and emotional support to the families of those injured and to the other students still in New Orleans, and I would like to thank them for their commitment to the wellbeing of our students.

The students and their families are also being supported by the Australian Consulate-General.

I am aware of media reports which have alleged that the students were attempting to buy drugs when they were injured.  However, we have no information other than that reported in the media.  Curtin is unable to make any comment on this issue and I ask staff and students to refrain from speculation.  The students were in New Orleans on a private holiday.

Any media enquiries to Curtin staff on this matter must be referred to the Director of Public Relations, Julia Nicol.

Over the past 24 hours we have received many messages of concern and offers of assistance from staff and partners, and I would also like to thank you all for your support.   This caring approach is an example of our Curtin values in action.

Any staff member or student who is distressed by this situation is encouraged to seek help through Curtin Counselling or the Student Wellbeing Service.



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