The University of Guelph joins other Canadian institutions in mourning the deaths of university students following a mass shooting in Afghanistan.

At least 22 people – most of them believed to be university students — were killed and nearly two dozen injured Monday at Kabul University. It was the second terrorist attack in the region in a week; 24 people, including teenagers, were killed Oct. 24 at a Kabul education centre.

“Tragedies such as these, especially when they involve university and school-age students, hit close to home, no matter where in the world they occur,” said U of G president Charlotte Yates.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and anyone affected by these senseless acts of violence.”

Yates said Monday’s attack is a sad reminder of the importance of connecting communities. “The University of Guelph is united in its stand against hate and violence. As we reflect on world events, let us recommit ourselves to U of G’s core beliefs of inclusivity and tolerance.”

The University understands that such acts of violence can be extremely difficult to process, Yates said. “We want to remind our community that University counselling services and other supports are available to assist students and employees.”

Support services include the following:
-Employee assistance program for faculty and staff, 1-800-265-8310
-Student Counselling Services, Ext. 53244
-Multi-Faith Resource Team, Ext. 58909
-Crisis Text Line, text “UofG” to 686868
-Good 2 Talk Help Line: 1-866-925-5454
-Here 24/7, 1-844-437-3247