Students and staff of the Umpqua Community College back to college after the deadly assault by the gunman.
According to details, the UCC had reopened last week but the students came for the first time after the attack to attend their classes. On October 1, Thursday morning a gunman Christopher Harper Mercer has opened fire on students and staff killing 9 injuring many.
At this occasion were students were heading back to their college after the attack showing courage and determination, residents were waving American flags and signs as they greeted the students driving into campus. Moreover, there were many volunteers and dogs who were offering comfort. All the while, State troopers and sheriff’s deputies were patrolling the grounds.
Furthermore, hundreds of people including residents flocked on the road leading to the Oregon community college where the incident of shooting took place. The people who had gathered to cheer up the students were holding signs reading “UCC Strong” while the students returned on Monday, October 12 to their college the scene of the deadliest shooting in history of Oregon.
At this occasion, the Oregon governor Kate Brown was also present along with the temporary college president Rita Cavin and student body president Tony Terra and welcomed and greeted the students while they returned to their classes. “There were a lot of hugs and a lot of tears. We are here to help students rebuild their lives,” the governor told the media.
Moreover, the temporary President of the college Rita Cavin, “We’re hoping they understand this level of press activity is going to diminish really quickly, and it will feel safer to come back. Some of them are just holding back and waiting for the campus to look like the campus they left.”
“UCC touches everybody in this community in some way. You’ve got displaced workers that come here, you’ve got kids out of high school coming here, I’ve hired people from here. And they all put back in the community when they graduate. So it’s just something that I felt we should support,” owner of AAA Sweep, a Roseburg parking-lot sweeping company, Carl Bird told the media.