A second student this year died by suicide in the same classroom building at the University of Houston, Chron.com reported.
Renu Khator, the president at Houston, shut down Agnes Arnold Hall after the second death and moved classes held there to remote learning for now.
“While we have shut down activities including classes in Agnes Arnold for now, we still need to sit down with students, faculty and staff in the coming weeks to seriously consider our options in regard to the building … I recognize mental health is posing serious challenges on campuses nationwide, including our own,” Khator said.
Many students are angry at Khator because the language she used in announcing the second suicide was similar to her announcement of the first.
“The same exact message as last time,” said one on Twitter. “Are y’all not embarrassed?”
A petition signed by more than 2,300 people said Agnes Arnold is the only building on campus with open verandas on every floor. “Continual refusal to modify the building as it currently exists makes the university not only negligent but complicit in these students’ deaths,” the petition said.