Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A message from President Earl H. Potter III:
To the Campus Community:
All of us at St. Cloud State deeply feel the loss that Colton Gleason’s family now feels as they mourn the passing of their son, sibling and grandchild. Our collective sense of security has been shaken but we are thankful that the police have arrested a suspect.
While the campus support network works with Colton’s friends and we reflect on the impact this tragedy has had on the whole St. Cloud State/St. Cloud community, I need to share information with you to let you know what we have been and are doing to improve safety in the South Side neighborhood in the last six years.
Truly, lives have been saved through these and other collective actions among the City of St. Cloud, the St. Cloud Police Department, the neighborhood associations and our own Student Government.
Yet, over the last two decades the neighborhoods adjacent to the University have changed and attention to these neighborhoods from those who live outside and see opportunity in our students has increased. St. Cloud as a community has remained a relatively safe place; but, there is still too much crime. I would say this even with one case of violence.
Please know the changes we have achieved have been won by looking after our students and holding them accountable off campus and beyond. Also know that we have made significant changes that have increased student safety. Finally, please also recognize that we know that there is more to be done and we will approach this with great vigor with the city, the St. Cloud Police Department and the St. Cloud State Student Government. We will be sharing news and plans with our extended campus family as work progresses.
Above all else, I ask that you please look after and take care of each other.
Earl H. Potter III
St. Cloud State University