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Crawley College Statement – Principal praises courage and resilience of staff

27 April 2021

Following the incident at Crawley College yesterday (Monday 26 April), Vicki Illingworth – Crawley College Principal – has shared the following statement.

Vicki said: “Our college community was shaken by the actions that occurred yesterday afternoon.

“I cannot praise the courage, resilience and support shown by our staff enough. They have been incredible and the care and compassion they shared with our students and with each other continues to fill me with admiration.

“We can confirm two members of our staff did sustain some minor injuries, which were not gunshot wounds.

“Their heroic actions – and the rapid response of emergency services – helped to protect our college community. They are both at home, resting, and we ask members of the media to respect their privacy at this time.

“Our priority is and remains the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. Counselling services are available for all students and staff.

“We are grateful to have received so many messages of support from parents and local residents, as well as colleagues across the FE sector, local authorities and individuals close to the college. We would like to thank everyone for keeping us in their thoughts and extend our thanks to the Police and the emergency services.

“We know many of our students are keen to resume their studies in their normal college environment. We will be providing updates as soon as we are able. But we look forward to being together again, on campus, soon.

“Thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding.”