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UCF update on dead body and weapons found on campus

March 18, 2013

No doubt you’ve heard about the dead body and weapons found on campus at UCF today. It forced hundreds to evacuate the campus, and officials say it appears that the former student, James Oliver Seevakumaran, was planing a “larger-scale timeline” of violence on the campus.

Here’s the latest from UCF, posted to the school’s Facebook page about 20 minutes ago.

Update, 5:20 p.m.
• Tower 1, except for the third floor, is now reopened for residents.
• The deceased in today’s incident is James Oliver Seevakumaran (10/14/82). He is from Lake Mary, Fla. and is a graduate of Seminole High School. Seevakumaran was a student in the College of Business Administration enrolled from fall 2010 through fall 2012. He was not enrolled in any courses in spring 2013 and was in the process of being removed from UCF Housing, where he lived on the third floor of Tower 1.
• Seevakumaran was never seen by UCF Counseling and Psychological Services and had no student conduct record.
• Seevakumaran was found in his apartment with a handgun, tactical assault rifle and backpack containing four IEDs. Weapons and ammunition were purchased starting in February.
• UCF Police were assisted in the investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, ATF and FDLE.
• It appears as if Seevakumaran had a larger-scale timeline of violence planned. No individuals were named specifically, and he was acting alone, according to preliminary investigations.
• “Times like today challenge us individually, as an organization, and as a university community,” said UCF President John C. Hitt. “The first test for all of us is whether we are focused on the safety of our community, and I am confident that UCF has passed that test. The safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff, visitors, and neighbors is UCF’s highest priority. The test of compassion is also very important, and our prayers go to everyone affected by today’s incident.”
• “It could have been a bad day for everybody here,” said UCF Police Chief Richard Beary. “All things considered, I think we were very blessed at the University of Central Florida.”

Below, a student recounts the evacuation of Tower I. It doesn’t sound like anyone was terribly clear on what was going on until hours after the evacuation.

The school is offering counseling and psychological services to students who need it today.

Counseling and Psychological Services is offering crisis services today in its main office as well as at the Veterans Academic Resource Center.  Students can meet individually or in small groups with CAPS clinicians. In-person crisis services are available until 6 p.m.  at both locations, and telephone crisis services will be available thereafter until the office opens again at 8 a.m. Tuesday.  If the need arises, expanded hours for in-person crisis services will be provided.  Students can call CAPS’ main office at 407-823-2811 to schedule an appointment or can walk in to either location for services.  For telephone crisis services after 6 p.m., students can call 407-823-2811 and select option 5.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Police Department is reporting that a student at Glenridge Middle School brought two guns to school today – one of them was fully loaded. No report has been issued yet, but today the police sent the following message to the media:

About noon today (3-18-13), the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Glenridge Middle School, 2900 Upper park Rd, received tips that a student had a gun at school.  That student was immediately detained, and in his backpack, 2 guns were located.  One gun, a Mack10 was fully loaded.  The other gun, a .380 handgun (which may not be functional) was also located in the backpack. No students or faculty were endangered.  Investigation has determined thus far that the 12 year old, 7th grader, had no intent on harming anyone, and the student has no previous issues or criminal activity.
The student is identified as [NAME REDACTED].  He has been taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center on the charge of Possession of a Firearm on School Property.

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  • soshaljustic

    Gee, boys and their toys. Get rid of the toys or get rid of the boys if they no like get rid of their toys.

  • Dweebus

    When you say “Get rid of the boys if they no like get rid of their toys”, are your really suggesting that those who do not give up their guns should be imprisoned or executed? Seriously????

  • soshaljustic

    What is wrong with the male gender gun owners? Why do women gun owners not have these same problems? With the women given the okay to serve on the front lines, take the guns from the male populace until we have a better more assured way to vet male gun owners as “safe to own” rather than continue to kid ourselves. Men have a violence problem. Yes, of course, not all men. There needs to be a psych exam to ferret out the more violent prone with a bio workup for testosterone levels as well, for both. Violence has been directly tied to T levels. I do not even consider those that refuse, with the consideration that most men I know are legal gun owners and are willing to go through the necessary procedures to stay legal owners, are not intimidated by additional vetting measures. Only those that are paranoid and have something to hide are the intimidated and refuse to see the need for change. They usually cry out the more chicken little statements that are black and white rather than seeking resolutions. My comment was made to open discourse, and I see it bagged a gunner. I know a few others, both genders, and how they stand on the issue. i have a gun in my home too. My neighbor is a tracker and hunter, he loves his bow. Americans and American families want safety from these men with guns that harm others. Americans are tired of being the target. American mothers are tired of losing their children to men with guns without a conscience and with a heaping spoonful of paranoia and a constitution to harm in our society. Father’s drafted one piece of paper, gave the right to harm unconditionally, Mothers must draft another to remove that right from men if need be. Do you have another solution?

  • Dead Quare Walking

    Wow…the issue of gendered gun perpetrators definitely resonates with me. Society definitely conditions thinking that it’s okay for the male body to be violent and be a target of violence. I def think you are on to something. As for a solution, we need more open and honest conversations about masculinity and what it means to be a man for starters. Though the feminist movement has accomplished so much, I think that has def been one of its shortfalls is supportively challenging men to break free of oppressive constructions of masculinity.