HOUSTON, TX —
The images are becoming all too familiar. Slayings slayings on a school campus. From Columbine High Schools to Virginia Tech and now the latest one at University of California-Santa Barbara. Even though these tragedies didn’t happen nearby, Houston students are paying close attention.
Amanda Wick will soon be attending college at Texas State university and says, “There’s no way to exactly avoid them so you just need to know how to like take care of yourself and be able to protect yourself.”
Lisa Shannon adds, “I’m going off to college this year and there’s a higher chance of having more crazies unfortunately but there’s nothing I can really do about it.”
Experts say you don’t have to change the way you live, you just have to change the way you react.
Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss of Congregation Shma Koleinu says, “The greatest lessons from all these different tragedies of the last decade and more is that when someone makes a threat about wanting to do something to hurt others we need to take them seriously.”
Elliot Rodger, the suspected killer in the UC-Santa Barbara slaying rampage had forewarned of the damage he was to inflict by posting a video on YouTube. In that nearly seven minute video, Rodger at one point says, “I don’t know what you don’t see in me, I’m the perfect guy, and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman. I will punish all of you for it.”
Hausman-Weiss reacts by saying, “When you’re making threats online to hurt or kill other people. I’m not suggesting that you therefore don’t go out because of fear of what might happen to you , but I don’t think you can also ignore and not report this to someone who might be able to stand up make a difference.”
Shannon adds, “I would definitely report it just because I want to feel safe at my school and I want to do anything I can in order for the faculty and the school to know who’s out there, who can be crazy.”