Orlando Shooting’s impact on college campus

Orlando Shooting’s impact on college campus

MARQUETTE — The Orlando Shooting that occurred Sunday morning has impacted the entire nation.

The Orlando Shooting that resulted in the death of 49 individuals has been titled as the deadliest shooting in recent U.S. history. The aftermath of the Orlando Shooting has left some NMU students stunned.

“Being gay myself, it really effected me. Said NMU Student, Nick Mercier, “I was at a bunch of grad parties that day and just hearing everyone talk about it, I just had to stop myself or I would start crying you know, it’s just awful what happened.”

“When I first heard about it, I was devastated. It is absolutely horrible, it should not be happening” Said by NMU Student, Bri Phillips.

Due to the shooter intentionally targeting the people of a gay night club, NMU wants students to know there are resources for grieving and scared students. The Multicultural Education and Resource Center located on NMU’s campus has a variety of different services offered to people in the LGBTQ community.

“Our doors are always open so we can certainly talk to folks and help them get connected with the counseling center if that is something more appropriate.” Said Shirley Brozzo, Associate Director of Multicultural Education and Resource Center, “we also work with some of the churches in town, that are inclusive to the LGBTQ population.”

The aftermath has left people confused on what steps to take to prevent such massacres in the future. While the debate over gun laws has remained prominent in the nation’s government, one NMU student beliefs that education is key to having everyone better understanding diversity.

“The best thing we can do now is to continue to educate people. Said NMU Graduate Assistant, Luke Ogle, “to show people that members of the LGBTQ community are just like everyone else.”