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Aggies Reaching Out To Virginia Tech

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

Across the nation flags are flying at half staff. It is one way to pay tribute to those killed in Monday shootings in Virginia.

In Aggieland students reached out in other ways. Members of the Student Government Association set up a table and supplied pens and cards for students who wanted to express their sympathy to those hurting.

A&M freshman, Karlie York says families and friends of victims need to know they can gain strength from Aggies.

"I just really think it's important to let them know people we out here are praying for them," York said.

Fellow student, Robert Edmonson says reaching out helps everyone directly and remotely affected cope with what happened.

"For the many families and that entire community, it's so important that we send them our notes of encouragement and our prayers," Edmonson said.

Symbols of encouragement were not limited to cards. Emily Davis is just one of a number of students on A&M's campus wearing a orange and maroon ribbon.

"My sorority, Delta Gamma, made these in support of them--our hearts go out to them and their loss," said Davis.

Every word of compassion and concern is greatly appreciated says Stephanie Sanders, whose cousin attends Virginia Tech. Sanders says she finally spoke to her cousin Monday night.

"She just said like it was scary you know because she couldn't get a hold of all her friends," Sanders said.

For those staffers at Virginia Tech who are counseling students on the campus, A&M is offering a support base for them. Mary Gartner, Director of Student Counseling Service, says VA Tech counselors also need to be able to talk to someone.

"We have offered to provide a place to process for those staff who are providing services to their students," Gartner said.

She says considering the magnitude of the tragedy, a great deal of the university body will need their expertise.

"It's a tremendous strain on their counseling center staff there," Gartner said.

During the grieving and healing process, Aggies want to be there for VA Tech in any way they can.

"It's all about coming together and supporting those in need," Edmonson said.


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