Updated 09/30/2012 07:09 PM
Campus to offer counseling, programs on dating violence
Students at the College of Brockport are still coming to terms with Kogut's death. School officials said they are increasing counseling services throughout the week to help grieving students. As YNN's Sheba Clarke explains, counselors are also using the tragedy as a way to provide education on dating violence.
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BROCKPORT, N.Y. -- It was a gloomy day and somber tone that hovered the College at Brockport campus on Sunday.
"I do sense that there's a quiet component to the campus right now," said Libby Caruso, Director of Health and Counseling at Brockport.
Students are still coming to grips with what happened early Saturday morning at the school's McLean Residence Hall.
"You know, I'm in shock myself," said Sean Flynn, College at Brockport freshman.
According to the SUNY Brockport Police, a freshman student who lived at the dorm was found brutally beaten to death, allegedly by her boyfriend Clayton Whittemore. Whittemore, who is not a Brockport student, was found within hours after the gruesome discovery at a Thruway rest stop in DeWitt.
"The worst part of it is, is that it's a freshman going through this right now. It was a freshman that died. It was her first month on campus here. It's just upsetting," said Flynn.
Flynn was heading into mass Sunday morning at the off-campus chapel, with the tragedy not far from his mind.
"I know it was an individual assault. It wasn't something that was going to affect any other student, but it already has. People have to go to counseling offices. People have to work through this," he said.
Counseling services have been set up throughout the weekend for students. School officials said they are expecting to have more education programs available concerning dating violence.
"Students know about dating violence. We talk about it in orientation programs, we talk about it on their welcome weekend. We talk about healthy relationships," said Caruso. "I think the students are going to bring this to the forefront themselves and they will probably drive it."
Caruso said she believes this is a tragedy the community can learn from.
"I'm hoping that a sense of understanding of just how invasive this is in our lives. It's not just in 18-year-olds, it's in 40-year-olds, it's in 15-year-olds, it's throughout our lives. And when we see it how can we help a person," she said.