As a Florida State University alumna, a school shooting has unfortunately finally hit home for me. It was only a matter of time I suppose since the prevalence of these violent occurrences are on the rise. Last Thursday morning's shooting at Strozier Library was heartbreaking and scary. Seeing the Facebook posts of my former classmates, who have children enrolled at FSU, updating everyone about the safety of their son or daughter was gut-wrenching. I couldn't help but to think about my own daughter and other family members who aspire to become Seminoles. If they were attending FSU now, I would have been panicked.
Upon hearing the news of the shooting, I could clearly envision the front steps and inside of Strozier Library where victims were shot and the shooter tragically lost his life. In an instance, I was transported back the cubbies and stacks at that library where I had spent time as a college student. It was easy for me to place myself among the chaos and fear current students must have felt when they heard gun shots.
It's sad to think that the serene environment of Tallahassee, this growing town with the typical charm and hospitality of a southern city, maybe forever in my mind's eye replaced by something darker than we can explain. Despite this, I know Tallahassee and FSU will always be my happy place. It's where I made great friends, met my husband and go back to visit every year for football games and relive my youth.