Local students react to State College shooting

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State College sits about 140 miles from SUNY Corning Community College where some students felt gun violence happens all too often in the United States. 

“It’s just getting more and more prevalent” William Kamas, a student at CCC, said about Thursday night’s shooting that left three dead in State College, Pennsylvania, the town where Penn State University is located. 

“I’m rather indifferent, it’s starting to become, unfortunately, a very common thing,” Victoria Borris, another CCC student, said. 

On Jan. 24, well over 900 deaths were recorded by the Gun Violence Archive for 2019.

“It’s just another one, and they seem to keep happening despite efforts to try and stop them,” CCC student Serena VanOsdol said. “It’s hard to think it could be your college, it could be your school, it’s terrifying.”

CCC’s president, Dr. Katherine Douglas, said the school has a strong emergency response team. 

“We have had the opportunity to work through the details of this kind of a situation and while none of us would want to experience it, we feel we have prepared through the planning and the training sessions,” 

The school also has a three-phase plan in additional investments for safety protocols on campus. 

Some students felt there might be a few ways to counter the alarming gun violence trend.

“We’d probably need harder restrictions on guns, like I know that’s a tough thing to talk about,” Borris said. 

“Better background checks maybe to make sure people who are actually getting the guns will be able to use them responsibly,” CCC student Stephen Epp said. 

“Just to make everyone feel accepted and realize their value,” VanOsdol said. “It sounds corny but I think love and positivity — that’s stuff — that’s really missing.”

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