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  • Ella Gaffke

Olivet Student Injured in Shooting

According to Olivet College, a member of the Comet baseball team was shot following a game on Friday, March 17 at Muskingum University in Ohio, located about an hour east of Columbus. According to the Muskingum University, 911 was called at 7:03 p.m. in response to the shooting. Soon after the University issued a shelter in place. At 7:45 p.m. a suspect was taken into custody and the shelter in place was lifted at 9:15 p.m. Following the incident, the Olivet team returned to a hotel while the student was taken to a local hospital. According to Olivet the player has now been released from the hospital and is now in the care of his parents. The baseball team returned to Olivet on Saturday, March 18. They were met by Olivet President Steven Corey, Athletic Director Haley Diringer and other college staff. The shooter has been identified as Franklin Grayson, a 2021 Olivet College graduate. In an article from Click on Detroit News it was stated that, “Officials say there is no indication of a relationship between the involved parties and believe there is no known or ongoing threat to the community.” The Olivet Office of the President sent out three emails to update the students and staff. President Corey said, “Also note, while there may be various comments made across social media, the College is committed to only reporting verified information or information as it is confirmed by law enforcement authorities. The College is in communication with the student-athletes and their parents and will continue to provide support in the days ahead. This is a challenging time for all involved and our attention is focused on supporting the student-athletes and staff members. Please keep your fellow Comets in your thoughts and prayers.”  The outpour of support from students posted their support on social media for the injured student and the athletes and coaches that were there during these horrific events. Olivet comes back from spring break with full hearts in support of the victim and the baseball coaches and players.

Edit as of 3/30: The family has requested that the student's name be removed. The baseball team has also requested that any photos of them be removed. Despite obtaining these through legal avenues and having a legal right to publish them, The Echo staff has chosen to abide by these requests for the sake of the injured student.

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