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Counseling offered after Delta State shooting

6 years 11 months 18 hours ago Tuesday, September 15 2015 Sep 15, 2015 September 15, 2015 1:04 PM September 15, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

GREENVILLE - More than 70 students, faculty and staff are attending counseling sessions at Delta State University after one of the school's professors was accused of fatally shooting a colleague on campus.

Dr. Richard Houston, the university's director of counseling, said Tuesday that three large counseling sessions will be offered.

President William LaForge says the university is encouraging students to return to campus after officials say geography instructor Shannon Lamb shot history professor Ethan Schmidt in Schmidt's on-campus office. Lamb is also accused of killing his girlfriend at their home 300 miles away. He killed himself as police closed in on him.

Delta State had planned to celebrate its 90th anniversary Tuesday - some of the festivities were even supposed to be in Jobe Hall where the shooting happened - but LaForge says that event will be rescheduled.

LaForge says he didn't know of any conflict between Lamb and Schmidt but "obviously there was something in Mr. Lamb's mind."

Sophomore Robert Holcomb said Tuesday that attending the counseling session was a chance to talk and share experiences about the campus shooting Monday. The 32-year-old international business major from Seattle says some people are having a harder time than others, and may drop out of the university because of it.

A vigil was planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday and the university plans to resume classes Wednesday.

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