A Terrible Addendum to Thursday’s Post on Why Guns on Campus Are a Bad Idea

The Washington Post has just reported the following:

“Jacob Marberger, the student at Washington College in Maryland whose disappearance prompted a suspension of classes, has been found dead in Pennsylvania, the state police there said.

“The Hamburg, Pa., division of the state police said he was found Saturday afternoon at Hawk Mountain sanctuary. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the police said.

“The college, in Chestertown, had shut down operations after information indicated that Marberger was upset and armed.

“Relatives said he had been despondent over events at his college.

“The state police said he was found by sanctuary personnel in a picnic area along with the vehicle he was believed to be operating, the police said. It was not clear how long he had been dead. . . .”

The one certainty in this tragically escalating series of events is that the sense of loss among Jacob Marberger’s family and friends must be incalculable.

This incident attracted attention because there were concerns about safety on another college campus. Yet, this student’s death has, very sadly, added to what is by far the largest category of victims of gun violence, suicides.

The complete article in the Washington Post, written by Martin Weil, is available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/missing-washington-college-student-found-dead-in-pennsylvania/2015/11/21/d486fab8-90ab-11e5-acff-673ae92ddd2b_story.html.



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