McPherson College President Issues Statement On Student Arrests

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email
Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Earlier this week, police arrested two McPherson College students in connection to the death of 26-year-old Brandon Brown, a Tabor College student.

Those students, 19-year-old Alton Franklin and 19-year-old Dequinte Flournoy, both of Dallas, Texas, are each facing charges of aiding and abetting second degree murder.

As the investigation continues, McPherson College President Michael Schneider has issued a statement concerning the arrests and status of the students involved.

The following is the statement in its entirety:

McPherson College confirms that a second student, Dequinte Oshea Flournoy, has been arrested in conjunction with the death of Tabor College student Brandon Brown.

While we will not pre-judge this case or anyone involved, McPherson College maintains a responsibility to ensure the safety of the entire student body. Any action that is disruptive to our learning environment or adversely affects the welfare of our students cannot be allowed. Per policy, the Campus Conduct Committee convened last week and determined that any arrest or charge made in conjunction with this incident would result in the immediate suspension of the student in question. In accordance with that decision, Mr. Flournoy has been suspended from McPherson College, pending the outcome of his case.

We continue to work closely with law enforcement authorities on their investigation and encourage anyone with information about the incident to contact the McPherson Police Department.

We continue to pray for the family of Brandon Brown, as well as for the students arrested. One brief moment of anger on September 16 has changed the lives of everyone in the McPherson and Hillsboro communities. Despite our shock and grief, we are determined to heal together and to emerge stronger.

The McPherson Police Department is still asking that anyone with information contact them at (620) 245-1200 or Crime Stoppers of McPherson County at (620) 241-1122.

Alton Franklin

Dequinte Flournoy

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