Univ. of Oregon students, faculty react to North Carolina shooting

Students and staff at UO said they were heartbroken when they found out about the shooting and said something needs to be done.

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 11:20 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2019 11:24 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Students and faculty at the University of Oregon said they are heartbroken after hearing about the shooting at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte campus on Monday afternoon.

The latest details from UNC Charlotte police are that the shooting has left two people dead and at least four others are injured.


Locally, UO student Franklin Smith said he was saddened when he heard about what happened and that something needs to be done.

"It's kind of scary to think about, that any student on a college campus isn't safe, and vulnerable to a mass shooting," Smith said. "Something like that, I feel like there should be some kind of safety precautions in place."

Tyan Taubner is an advisor at UO and said she works with students who have dealt with shootings like this in the past.

She said it has a personal impact on those students in particular, but also anyone, like other students and staff, who hear of shootings on school campuses.

"It uh, shakes our sense of security, and yeah. It's tragic," Taubner said.

Taubner and Smith both said action needs to be taken to prevent more tragedies like this in the future.

"Whether that be officers or some sort of arms and guns legislation on the capitol hill, the White House, I'm not sure," Smith said. "But, I think something should be done so students don't kind of have to fear for their lives."

"I also would like to see more support for mental health experiences for people who are feeling really desperate and take to complete these actions," Taubner said.

UNC Charlotte police said the suspect "is not somebody who was on our radar."

Officials said the suspect didn't say anything as he was taken into custody, and the FBI is assisting with the investigation.

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