TCC remembers Terence Crutcher during International Day of Peace Celebration

Posted at 6:59 AM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 19:18:08-04

The Tulsa Community College paid tribute to Terence Crutcher at its annual International Day of  Peace Celebration by pausing to remember his talents and desire for success.

The day before Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby shot Terence Crutcher, his Music Appreciation class at TCC was canceled due to low enrollment.

“It’s just sad that he’s gone, you know,” said TCC student Tanethia Johnson.

Many Tulsa Community College students like Tanethia Johnson say the death of Terence Crutcher hits too close to home.

“I feel like we all family going to TCC and plus I’m from north Tulsa and I have young boys that’s big boys so it really kind of touched home for me.”
On Wednesday the TCC student body remembered Crutcher through songs and poems.

“I feel like it’s really important for our students to recognize how much we value those students who come to us to change their lives,” said Dr. Cindy Hess TCC senior vice president.

TCC officials say Crutcher was one of those students wanting to make positive changes in his life, by pursuing a career in music.

“Terence had come to Tulsa Community College to make huge improvements in his life, just like so many of our students and we honor that in him,” said Dr. Hess

TCC President Leigh B. Goodson issued this statement following the death of Terence Crucher:

Last Friday, Tulsa Community College lost a member of our college community. In any situation, the passing of a student is difficult. The very public and graphic circumstances surrounding Terence Crutcher's death make it especially important for us to acknowledge his loss to his family and our faculty, staff, students and community. We are saddened by his tragic death.

TCC employees have been asked to participate in an investigation conducted by the Tulsa Police Department. We are fully cooperating with that investigation. Terence was enrolled in a class starting Friday, Sept. 16 at the TCC Northeast Campus. On Thursday morning, the class was canceled due to low enrollment and we tried to notify all students by call and/or email about the cancelation.

It is important to me that I share what Terence Crutcher represented to our college community. He was a student who had openly expressed to our advisement staff and to others his desire to be successful in college. Like so many of the thousands of students at TCC, he brought to TCC his talents, hopes and dreams of creating a successful life by dedicating himself to completing a degree.

TCC will have two events this week to provide our students an opportunity to share dialogue and attempt to heal.

Although Johnson says she didn’t know Crutcher personally, she feels wants to do her part by spreading peace in light of Crutcher’s tragic death.

“I told my boys, I have two young adults. I told them, if you’re ever approached just abide by the rules but now I don’t know what to tell them,” she said.

TCC is offering counseling services for students throughout the week.

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