CMU working to get back to normal

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Mt. Pleasant (WJRT) CMU and Mount Pleasant are attempting to get back to normal.

Many of the students have left campus because this is their spring break.

CMU's president is working to provide them counseling when they return.

Traffic is moving freely around Central Michigan University's campus for the first time since police closed off streets looking for James Eric Davis Junior.

"Yesterday we demonstrated the ability to deal with the inconceivable with a shooting on our campus,” CMU President George Ross said.

Now that Davis Jr. has been apprehended, people are walking around campus like any other day.

“So it's nice that everybody is kind of back to normal again. It's a nice sigh of relief I guess,” Alaina Moreau, who works near CMU, said.

Ross is encouraging his students on Spring Break to talk about the shooting.

He says when they come back next week the university will take care of them.

Ross says they're doubling the number of counselors on campus to talk students and faculty.

"And I pray that we move forward as a peaceful, friendly walking community that we've always been,” Ross said.

Mount Pleasant Mayor Allison Quast-Lents says the community needs to take their first step toward in healing by trying to back to normality.

"Your corporation and support were an amazing example of how in adverse times we can take care of each other,” Ling said.

"We are a safe community. We are a safe campus,” Ross said.

Ross also sent out this statement Saturday.

Dear members of the Central Michigan University community,
including those who joined our family for the first time yesterday
Our campus yesterday morning was the site of a traumatic incident. This has saddened all of us, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the Davis family.
As we have so often before, our campus and our community came together yesterday. I commend each of you for your actions to ensure campus safety, to apprehend the suspect and to support each other throughout the day.
We talk often about One CMU. Yesterday, we lived it.
Whether you sheltered in place and supported those around you, worked in our command center, or played a role in caring for, guiding and comforting others, I thank you.
As students, faculty and staff members, parents, area residents, community and business leaders, alumni around the world, and sometimes, as friends we've yet to meet, you have prayed for and supported us. Thank you.
If you were among the more than 100 law enforcement personnel who joined the CMU Police Department and our other local law enforcement partners to keep our community safe, you became part of our family yesterday. And for that, all of us extend our lasting gratitude.
Each of you, in your own way, upheld and expanded the strong sense of community that makes Central Michigan University and Mount Pleasant so special. Your responses have proven once again that communities have boundless strength … which gives all of us hope for the future.
We extend our comfort and care to each individual touched by this event. Our many campus and community resources are available to assist students, faculty and staff.
The support we have shared with each other since yesterday morning will be just as important in the days, weeks and months ahead. Together, we will begin to heal.
Sincerely,
CMU President George E. Ross