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President Peters issues statement on incident

November 23, 2011
John G. Peters

John G. Peters

The NIU community is saddened by the death of Steven Agee, II this morning. He was a victim of a senseless act of violence. I have personally expressed my condolences to Steven’s family and friends. We will continue to support the Agee family with our thoughts and prayers.

I want to extend my thanks to the DeKalb Police and Fire departments for their swift and thorough response to this incident.

In this country, we send our children to college, and we expect them to be safe. Unfortunately, in our society today, we have come to see acts of violence involving young people as an all too common occurrence. There is a danger that we may become desensitized and accept increasing levels of violence as a fact of life.

We cannot allow this to happen.

As parents, teachers, students, friends and members of our community, we must continue to make our world safe for young people to grow, thrive and reach their potential.

John G. Peters