I would like to take a moment to analyze the shooting on Oct. 22, 2015 in which Cameron Selmon lost his life and three females were injured, and offer my thoughts on the situation.
Thoughts on the Incident
I am saddened by the death that took place on TSU’s campus. And my heart goes out to those who were innocently walking by that night. However, I do wonder why a gambling game was even allowed to take place at a school that holds “gambling of any form” as a violation as stated in the TSU Police Department Handbook. Because of this game, things got out of hand.
Thoughts on the Media
My university president’s name is Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover. Not Linda. As a fellow journalist, I know that accuracy is important. Dr. Glover has been in office long enough and TSU has been on the news enough for a reporter to know her name. Now that I have cleared that up, I can move on.
I was surprised to see that my school had made it to CNN, Good Morning America and the Today Show. But I was even more surprised that it took a tragedy to get us that type of coverage. As people say about the media, “If it bleeds, it leads.” I would also like to commend Channel 5 for posting a positive story about TSU on the same day as these awful stories surfaced.
Thoughts on the School
We need to all be watchful of what’s going on, and we need to all work together. How can we work together to cut down on this crime? Should we beef up more security, or should we be aware and report those things that are occur on campus?
Thoughts on the Students
I am disappointed in the reactions students took to the fight that happened just before the shooting. Why would you choose to record the fight instead of call the police to report the problem? Using this as a time to grab entertainment led to injuries and death.
On another note, I am glad that we can unite in times of tragedy and stand strong. I am also glad that we can promote the positive sides of our school. But for how long? I have spotted the #ThisWontMakeittotheNews on several Instagram posts to highlight the accomplishments of TSU, but I only see these things as an in-the-moment trend. Where is the consistency? Promote TSU 365 days a year not just on the day of a shooting. How often do you really support the great things our school have done? And how often do you guys watch/read the news? Do you all really know what makes it to the news?
These are my thoughts, you may agree and you may not. I’d like to hear from you on what you think about the campus shooting.