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Seven women students from Emerson were among injured, Pelton says

Posted by Your Town  April 16, 2013 11:35 AM

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Emerson College lifted a lockdown on its campus Tuesday at 7 a.m., but double the normal number of security staff continued to patrol the campus later in the day. The college went into a state of lockdown at around 3:15 p.m. on Monday, only allowing those with a valid Emerson I.D. to enter its buildings.

Emerson College cancelled classes for Tuesday. Emerson College Police said the campus will remain under heightened security until at least 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Seven female students were injured during the bomb blasts and taken to the hospital, all with temporary hearing loss, said President Lee Pelton, who visited residence halls at around 9 p.m. on Monday night.

“If you are curious about what’s going on, please stay away,” said Pelton. “It’s an active crime scene.”

Pelton answered questions and shared information about the injured students, who were released from the hospital prior to Pelton’s visit to all four residence halls. He advised students to remain indoors.

“Be mindful of your peers and their needs,” he said. “Talk to each other and be there for one another.”

The Emerson campus begins at Charles and Boylston streets, a block east of the crime scene perimeter established Monday by city, state and federal law enforcement.

Campus counseling services are being provided throughout the week.

After making his rounds to the residence halls, Pelton sent an email to announce that Emerson will remain closed on Tuesday.

“I have come to understand that the magnitude of what occurred has been extensive and for that reason, I have decided to close the campus on Tuesday to provide a day of healing and reflection,” said Pelton.

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