COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Columbia University’s Board of Selectmen on Tuesday released a scathing report on its mishandling of an epidemic of gun violence.
In an effort to stem gun violence, the report said the board used a report to approve more than 20,000 gun purchases, which resulted in the deaths of a total of more than 200 people, mostly young black men, and the wounding of dozens more.
The report, released Tuesday, also blamed the Columbias campus-wide gun violence on a lack of awareness about how guns are stored and how they can be fired without a trigger pull, and on a failure to monitor guns used in crime.
The Columbias Board of Directors, in a statement, called the report “a politically motivated and partisan attack against the university community.”
“The Columbians board of trustees have a long history of protecting students and employees from the harms of gun ownership and of failing to take appropriate action when gun violence occurs,” the statement read.
“Their report is a politically motivated attack on the university and the entire community, and is meant to serve as a rallying cry for more guns on campus.”
The board voted to release the report, which was obtained by Ohio Public Radio, without commenting.
The Board of Governors, the body that oversees the school, issued a statement that read: “The board of governors has the responsibility to ensure the safety and security of the campus community.
Columbians safety and welfare is paramount and this report does not address the underlying causes of the tragedy.
The Columbians Board of Regents is committed to providing the support students and staff need to live safely and safely at the school.”
Columbia President John King, in an email, said the report was a “despicable attack” on the students and their families, but said he believes the board’s action to release it was justified.
“I am pleased to report that the board of regents unanimously approved the report,” King wrote.
“The report was unanimously approved, without the public comment period, by a unanimous vote of the board members.
I appreciate their commitment to transparency and to protecting the integrity of the school.
I also appreciate their courage in releasing this report.”
Columbias interim president and provost Mark L. Everson, in his letter, called out the report’s findings and said the university is taking steps to “address the safety concerns raised by this report, and continue to ensure that the school remains an equal and welcoming environment for everyone.”
“As we prepare to begin a new era, we must ensure that we are taking steps as a university to ensure an equitable and inclusive environment for all students and members of our community,” Everson said.
“I have directed my team to conduct a thorough investigation into the report and to share that information with the board and the community, as required by the Ohio Revised Code of Ethics.
I am committed to making this process as transparent and transparent as possible, and am confident that we will come to a positive resolution.”
The Columbies Board of Advisors also issued a response to the report.
The statement read:”We are committed to the safety of our students and our campus community and have been for many years, including in our response to previous mass shootings, to take a proactive and comprehensive approach to address the complex needs of our campus and surrounding communities.
We have been very clear about our position and are committed that we do not condone the misuse of guns.
We are also committed to our commitment to an open and transparent process that allows the community to weigh in on the report to ensure it is thoroughly and honestly assessed and that it is shared with all of us.”
The report also said the Columbians campus-based emergency room, which treated nearly a quarter of a million people who came to the emergency room last year, had “overwhelmed” and had not adequately trained and monitored all its staff.
“As a result of the Columbian report, the Columbi-Columbia Campus Emergency Response Team is currently on the back burner,” the report read.
The board’s review also found that administrators in the university’s student health center had no training in treating firearms or in handling firearms.
“The lack of trained, trained personnel on campus, in the health center, and in our community has caused significant confusion and distress to those involved in gun violence prevention,” the board said.
“We have worked closely with the University of Dayton, our medical center, the Office of Emergency Management and the Columbine campus police to address these issues and continue with a proactive approach to firearm safety.”
The campus police chief, in releasing a statement Tuesday, said he is “devastated” by the board report.
“While the Columbie campus police are the most capable and experienced officers on campus and are the primary resource for our campus, the board has shown it lacks the knowledge and experience to properly address the Columbic campus,”