UVa. Letter Offers Reassurance, Security to Students, Parents

University of Virginia officials are reaching out to parents of students with a letter aimed at easing worries.

The troubling scenes around the statue of Thomas Jefferson on the iconic campus lawn on Friday night has some students and their families on edge with the upcoming school year. Students were among those who faced off against white nationalists carrying torches.

Students have repainted the Beta Bridge to reflect their resolve to oppose the demonstrators. A letter to parents called the weekend events "evil" but promised the university is committed to security.

Jordan Rothwell, a fourth year student, said the school has been unfairly tarnished by outsiders.

“It's definitely disappointing, because it does shed a bad light on UVa, and it's not fair,” Rothwell said. “Not the UVA community itself. Not the Charlottesville community. It's people coming in who are hateful. It's sad, because we do love this school and the Charlottesville community.”

Most students will begin moving back to campus on Friday and Saturday.

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