Today’s Tragedy in Santa Clarita

Campus Update

Chancellor Block sent the following message to the UCLA campus community.

This morning we learned of a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about an hour’s drive from UCLA. Two young people were killed, several were wounded and many more were traumatized by this awful attack.

For those in our community from Santa Clarita, or those who have friends and family in the area, this horrible news is especially painful. For any in our community who are feeling particularly troubled, I urge you to take advantage of the support services UCLA offers. Students can access mental health counseling. Faculty and staff can also receive counseling as needed.

Sadly, these types of shootings have become all too common. Each time we hear news like this, we struggle to understand such cruelty. While a suspect is in custody, we don’t know what motivated this particular act of violence. But we do know that caring about others and treating them with compassion are at least some tangible things we can all do to make our world less callous and make each other feel less alone.

Even though this was not on our campus, our community is deeply affected and mournful of the senseless loss and disregard for human life. There is simply no campus, no place on Earth, that could not benefit from more kindness. So I ask you, today and every day, to hold each other in your hearts and treat each other well.


  • Gene D. BlockChancellor