Letter: Misinformation about Simon's Rock incident

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To the editor:

During the past several days we have become aware of misinformation circulated on social and other media about the reported assault on our campus. For instance, it was reported to us that some believe the incident on our campus involved a stabbing, and that it was perpetrated by multiple parties. We understand why such information would cause great fear in our community and want to be clear — to date, there is no evidence or allegation of a stabbing on campus. Nor is there any indication or evidence to suggest multiple perpetrators in the incident. Rest assured that if we were aware of such information, you would be too.

This is not to minimize what occurred or its deeply troubling nature; physical violence of any type in our community is antithetical to our mission, and we are committed to investigating and eradicating any such behavior. To that end, we are in the process of retaining an independent investigator to review the incident.

Out of respect for the survivor and the open investigations, we will not comment on specific details of the ongoing inquiry. We will continue to support the survivor and take steps to help our community heal and grow. We encourage everyone to be respectful of the process, report any information you have about the incident to the school or law enforcement, and continue to support one another.

The Simon's Rock community is vibrant, resilient, and thoughtful. We have no doubt that the subsequent actions from the Simon's Rock community will help each other grow, learn, and heal from this incident.

Susan Lyon,

Great Barrington

The writer is vice provost, Bard College/Academy at Simon's Rock.



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