University of Louisville officials took decisive action in handling an incident that occurred on campus at about 5 a.m. Friday. It sent a campus-wide letter from James Ramsey and Shirley Willihnghanz reassuring students that their safety is a top priority.
It was the second early-morning hours incident this year. In the other one, in January, the school used its campus-wide text-message system to alert students after it was learned that a shot had been fired. According to media reports, Friday’s incident resulted in a stabbing after four white men (two were students) got involved in an altercation with an African-American student.
An 18-year-old African-American student, Montequa Jackson, has now been charged with first-degree assault. The Lexington freshman reportedly had been dropped off by a friend, then returned with a pocketknife and stabbed one of the non-students, Sean Osborne.
As a result, activist Christopher 2X organized a Saturday news conference in which Jermaine Stafford, who had been with Jackson, apologized but declined to provide details of the incident. While Jackson was charged with a crime, the school says it is launching its own investigation.
Officials at U of L seem determined to keep the incident quiet and from giving the impression that the campus is anything but safe. Or that there’s a problem with racial tension on campus. However, in the press conference, Stafford admitted that “there were some ugly things said” and that race was a factor in the altercation.
Here’s the text of the letter sent by Ramsey and Willihnghanz, after the jump…