Delta State students react to shooting and remember Dr. Ethan Schmidt

dsu shooting laurenSEPTEMBER 14, 2015 – It was chaotic start to the week for students at Delta State University. WJTV’s Lauren Fluker spoke to several students who describe today as frantic and sad. She was also told the first alert for most here on campus came by text message.

DSU student Leon Green said,

“I didn’t believe the text at first later on one of the other guys I was standing around; he said it was a school shooting a couple seconds later, everyone took off running.”

It’s just been a couple weeks into this school year.

“After the whole MSU shooting, it really just kinda makes you more aware you don’t know you don’t think; you never know how your day is going to go. Anything can change in an instant,” said Katlyn Dickerson, another DSU student.

While no students were injured in the shooting, some say they feel the blow of losing Professor Ethan Schmidt. Latrice Webster said,

“I know a lot of people that took him and was impacted by him, I know one student changed her major to history because of him.”

“He was a great teacher and everybody loved him,” agreed Leon Green.

Now as DSU moves forward, students say they want extra security on campus to be considered

“I do think all campuses should take precautionary measures because it can happen,” said Latrice Webster.

The university’s 90th anniversary is Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Its a day long celebration and there is no word on if that celebration will go on tomorrow.

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