A reaction to the Chapel Hill Shootings

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands. One nation, under whichever god, gods or lack thereof you damn well please, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

All lives matter

EDIT. 11:34am

I can’t.

I can’t leave it at this. Not when three people are dead because of the actions of one person. I get that millions die each and every day and no one speaks up for them. That’s not what matters here.

What matters is the shock and awe of the world.

What matters is the fact that another University shooting just happened, and by this point the coverage seems mundane.

What matters is that there is will be a moment of silence at the NC State -Virginia game that should not be there because those students need not have died.

What matters is that the world lost three individuals that were planning on doing some real good in the world.

What matters is the parents of a French student I just talked to, whose parents sent him a text asking if he was alright because they heard there was a shooting near his school.

What matters are the tears on the faces of those who knew the victims personally.

What matters is the pang I feel in my heart when I walk by someone who knew them in the library and by the 1911 Building and in Talley.

What matters is their strength as they try to go about their day knowing that someone they loved was ripped from this world.

Like many students around the country have already experienced–this time the shooting is personal. This time it hit home. We need to stop this trend of pointless killings.

Once in the Wolfpack. Always in the Wolfpack–even when they go to Chapel Hill.

–The NC State Counseling Center has counselors available to assist the NC State Community. They can be reached at 919-515-2423 —

Feature image by Christopher Skor.

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