A 20-year-old student and her uncle were shot to death in the parking lot of Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky last night. The uncle’s 12-year-old daughter was wounded. The student’s ex-boyfriend, Dalton Stidham, 21, has been charged with killing Caitlin Cornett and her uncle, Jackie Cornett, 53, and wounding the 12-year-old, who is in critical condition.
Cornett and Stidham had a child together, said police, who are investigating what led up to the shooting.
Community colleges must find ways to help studehts cope with domestic violence, such as “stalking, threats, physical, emotional and psychological abuse,” writes Carole Berotte Joseph, president of Bronx Community College, in Community College Times.
Depression sets in. Students who haven’t yet developed the maturity to handle the drama and turmoil may succumb to substance abuse. Attendance declines. Grades suffer. They drop out.
Even worse can happen, writes Joseph. Edith Rojas was studying to be a medical office assistant at BCC before she was stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve. The chief suspect is an ex-boyfriend. Reportedly, she’d broken up with him because he was “interfering” with her studies.