A Feeling of Discomfort Clouds Lone Star College-Cy Fair
It may not exactly be your typical day in class when you see your school on CNN and find out that a student at your school has had fantasies about stabbing people. For junior Jimmy Kim, he was just following routine, doing his usual workout for a kinesiology class. He then received a phone call saying that the campus was on lockdown.
"I was exiting the building as [the incident] was going on, so I saw the police actually coming towards campus," Kim told Hair Balls. "I knew something bad was happening. I didn't know if it was a fire or a stabbing. Nobody really knew what was going on."
On Tuesday, 14 students were stabbed on the campus of Lone Star College-Cy Fair. Kim described the scene as being hectic, with students running around trying to get to safety.
"There was chaos," he said. "Students were scared."
On Wednesday, the campus reopened, making counselors available to students and employees. Many students didn't even bother showing up to school. For those that did, there was a sense of unease among them, according to Kim. "I think they should've canceled class," he said. "It's harder to focus in classes and feeling not comfortable, not safe. [My classmates] feel the same way after talking to them."
For Kim and his fellow students, it's an unfamiliar feeling, and not a pleasant one. "When I walked down the halls on campus, [I was] kind of looking over my shoulder," he said of his first day back. "Before, I did feel safe at school. But now I feel very uncomfortable."
Kim says the campus could've prevented this from happening if security had been more active and actually on campus rather than in their cars in the parking lot. "I feel that the campus security and police here is very inadequately prepared and they didn't take the measures to prevent something like this," he said. "The whole semester that I've attended school here, I haven't seen an armed policeman walking around, patrolling the buildings where I have classes."
Kim said he saw a policeman walking on campus on Wednesday, however, a sign that things may be changing as students get back to the business of studying and try to feel safe at school again.
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