- The school’s football game has been postponed and other events have been canceled
- Five people were injured in the shooting, four of whom were Morgan students
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Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland – an HBCU – announced that they have decided to postpone or cancel some events for its annual Homecoming weekend after a mass shooting on campus Tuesday.
University President David Wilson announced the decision that day, revealing that some of the school’s traditional events would no longer take place after five people were shot.
“It is with great dismay that I deliver this message to our university community following the most unfortunate events that occurred on our campus last night,” the statement began.
“On behalf of our entire Morgan community, including our Board of Regents, my administrative team, faculty and staff, we extend our thoughts and prayers to the students injured in this heinous act of violence. Their care and recovery are the highest priority.
“Today we unfortunately must navigate this tragic event at a time when we should be celebrating our National Treasure at Homecoming. Please understand that the safety of our campus is of the utmost importance and our determination to ensure that we have a safe campus is of the utmost importance.
Five people were injured in a mass shooting at Morgan State University in Baltimore on Tuesday
The shooting led to the school deciding to change many of its Homecoming Weekend plans
“In response to last night’s events, we have aggressively increased security measures on campus, further strengthening additional safety measures implemented in recent years.
“Regarding Homecoming, unfortunately for the first time in Morgan history, all planned Homecoming activities will be canceled or postponed until the perpetrator(s) of this atrocity are found and brought to justice.”
The canceled activities include Morgan State’s Homecoming Concert, Pep Rally and Parade, as well as their women’s volleyball team match.
Their homecoming game against Stony Brook and the school’s annual homecoming gala have been postponed.
Morgan State said they “came to this decision after very careful – and at times emotional – consultation with key stakeholders within our university community, including members of my administration, SGA student leaders and our university council.”
In the historically black college and university community, homecoming is especially important as the epicenter of HBCU culture and community.
Homecomings are typically week-long celebrations with performances by famous alumni and other celebrities, festive events, fashion galas, dance shows and parties among the more commonly scheduled events.
It’s all typically centered around a “homecoming” football game – where the on-field product is about as important, if not sometimes less important, than the halftime performances of marching bands. This includes Morgan State’s ‘Magnificent Marching Machine’.
That includes the postponement of the school’s annual Homecoming football game
Homecoming is an important part of the culture of historically black colleges and universities
In addition to these homecoming events, all classes have been canceled for the remainder of the week.
Morgan State says they will implement “campus-wide programming focused on the health and well-being of our university community.”
No suspects have been arrested, but Baltimore police are actively searching for at least two people believed to be involved — if not more.
Police said all the shots were fired by at least one gunman who missed the intended target and hit five bystanders — including four Morgan students between the ages of 18 and 22 — in a campus dining hall.
These students suffered non-life-threatening injuries and one of the five victims had been released by Wednesday morning.