Imagine this scene: It was unusually warm for an October night. I had just gotten off of work and I was feeling good knowing I was about to see my girlfriend, even if all we were going to do was study in the Courtyard. When we got there I noticed a group of guys in the corner gambling, but that wasn’t uncommon. In fact nobody was paying them any attention until the shouting started. I could tell a fight was brewing, but I never would have guessed… I tried to get my girl out of there but it all escalated so quickly. When the first shot went off, all I remember is pushing her in the opposite direction and praying that we could run fast enough.
Nothing happened that way on Oct. 22 but it could have. Imagine if this young man had been you. Would you be able to wake up and go to class the next day as if nothing had happened? For many people, the answer is no. That is why a number of students have begun to ask questions. With the knowledge that neither the shooter nor the victim were in fact students, the first one that comes to everyone’s mind is “how did this happen?” Freshman Jerrica Cole said that the only thing that can be done is to tighten up security.
However, not everyone agrees with this as the only issue. Upperclassman Aliyah Gray says “you can feel the tension on campus, and to some extent that is our administration’s fault. As students we feed off the energy of those leading and instructing us, but it seems as if our administration only cares about us when the cameras are rolling.” In fact, various students have pointed this out. Although it is understood that no administration is perfect, and that even an improved one could not guarantee a change in atmosphere, it is clear that students believe that the people leading them should be more involved within the campus.
Nonetheless, this tragic incident has not discouraged students from attending their beloved institution. Aaron Brown, Junior, says “I have been here since freshman year and I feel attached to this school. No matter what happens, this is my HBCU and I would rather be a part of uplifting it.”