ROSEBURG, Ore. (KOIN) — Classes were set to resume on Monday morning at Umpqua Community College, more than a week after a shooter killed 8 students and a teacher before killing himself in a deadly rampage in a campus classroom.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown spoke with reporters Monday after welcoming students back to campus.
The governor said there were many tears and hugs in the wake of the Oct. 1 mass shooting, and a feeling of tentativeness and concern. But she said the community is strong and resilient and will provide students and staff with the support they need.
College president Rita Cavin said some students skipped class Monday because they didn’t want to face the press. She assured them that the media presence will quickly diminish.
In a statement on Sunday, Cavin said “We are all so eager to return to teaching our students. Our students are eager to return to their studies. Our lives have been forever changed but our spirit is strong…We are resilient, resourceful and ready. We are UCC strong.”
On Friday, President Barack Obama met with families of the shooting victims during a brief visit to Roseburg.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.