By Yaasmeen Piper
ESU President Marcia Welsh issued a public apology for her response to the victim’s statement at the town hall meeting and her failure to reach out to Davis-Boone.
“I’ve spent a great deal of time reflecting on my conversations with students since our town hall meeting on March 1, particularly about what was perceived by students as a lack of genuine concern about Shaquwan Davis-Boone, the young man who was injured on January 30.”
Her response came through ESU official email on Monday.Welsh expressed regret for the university and the media depicting that Davis-Boone was involved with the assailants.
“After a significant investigation and many conversations with our colleagues at the PSP, it has become evident that Shaquwan was an innocent by-stander in this attack and the information we shared with the campus community inaccurately placed Shaquwan into the same category as his assailants.
“Shaquwan, I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize for all of this. I am sorry that this happened to you, and that I didn’t recognize you when you spoke at the Town Hall meeting,” she wrote. “I deeply regret that our messaging resulted in you and others feeling that your character was questioned and that somehow we failed you.”
The Stroud Courier reached out to Davis-Boone but he declined to comment.