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Counseling Available In Aftermath Of Deadly Shooting Rampage

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Santa Monica Tragedy

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Santa Monica College students gathered Sunday to support one another in the wake of a deadly shooting rampage that culminated in the college’s library.

The SMC Counseling Department says counselors and therapists were expected to be on hand for students, staff, and faculty through 6 p.m. for individual and group sessions at the Bundy campus located at 3171 South Bundy Drive in Los Angeles.

The college is encouraging staff and students to attend and talk with a counselor, reported KNX 1070′s John Baird.

“We know that people are experiencing a wide range of emotions whether they were on or off campus,” the department wrote in a message posted on the school’s website. “Now is a time for the college community to come together to support one another and begin to heal.”

“Counseling services will continue throughout the week on the main campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the main counseling center and it will continue throughout the week at which time we will reassess the need,” Santa Monica College Police Chief Albert Vasquez said.

The college also made it easier for students, staff and faculty to retrieve vehicles left on campus Friday amid the lockdown, according to the website.

“The police tape has been removed from campus parking lots and parking structures, so you may now access your vehicle directly. You do not need to go to the staging area to retrieve your vehicle,” the campus message states.

The procedure for retrieving personal property, however, remains intact.

“Personal property items left in the library have been collected, bagged, and moved to 1510 Pico Blvd,” according to the school. Students may visit that location through 6 p.m. to retrieve their personal property.

Students will be required to complete a claim form, show proof of ownership, and a picture ID in order to claim their property.

Personal property left in other buildings can be claimed at those buildings after claim forms are completed at tables staffed by college personnel outside and proof of identity and ownership is produced.

The college is expected to reopen at 7 a.m. Monday with finals being administered as scheduled. Vasquez also promised heightened patrol on the main campus when it reopens, KNX 1070 reported.

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