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"All we can do right now is send out our prayers," junior William Andrews said, who drew a Las Vegas landmark with charcoal.

On Oct. 1, the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest concert, a country music festival headlined by Jason Aldean, promised a good time in the C-O-U-N-T-R-Y; yet it was disrupted by the gunshots. 

As the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the Las Vegas tragedy quickly circulated throughout HHS and left its mark. “When the actual reports of the people that fell victim and were actually killed, once you read about their personal lives, it hits hard,” psychology teacher Marcelli Delaportilla said. “They were human beings with families, brothers, sisters and significant others and it’s pretty emotional.” 

The perpetrator, Stephen Paddock, for unknown reasons killed 58 and injured more than 500. Some account the shooting to intolerance of differing political beliefs or cultures. However, sophomore Nataly Franco-Nunez said, “I think that people should understand that they shouldn’t judge someone by the way they look or by the way they think, because all people are different.” 

Regardless of the causes, students were shocked someone possessed the capacity to deprive innocents of life. “It’s messed up, it shouldn’t have happened,” senior Alex Jose said.  

In psychology class, Delaportilla discussed the significance of the shooting. “I’m afraid that this is unfortunately becoming the new normal as part of our society,” he said. “And to follow up with that, if it is indeed, a new normal, that we have to unfortunately get used to that eventually we will become desensitized and it doesn’t register anymore and that would be incredibly, incredibly sad if we ever get to that point.”  

To prevent the shock of cruelty in tragic events from fading, Delaportilla proposed that changes need to be made. 

The views on guns vary, yet the students and teachers came to a consensus that these alterations would need to be made here. “There is a middle point, I understand our second amendment, I am a gun owner myself, I hunt, but there are limits to everything,” Delaportilla said. “Whomever is willing to do harm, they will find a way, but you don’t have to make it easier for them.” 

Senior Jesse Alvarez admitted he does not feel comfortable attending large events. However, he has attempted to become more prepared for them. “It proves another point that we need to be more readily taught of how to react to these kinds of events and how to save someone’s life in an event like that because not everyone is taught to do that,” he said. 

Although terrorism has caused fear, many students said they will continue to enjoy life. “You can’t be afraid to go out and have fun at big events or live your life in fear because living in fear is not living at all,” junior William Andrews said.

With the support of HHS students, their aim is to encourage those affected. Andrews drew a landmark of Las Vegas to do this. “I just wanted to do it as a way of sending my blessings and my prayers to Las Vegas and letting them know they are not alone in these times of trouble,” he said. 

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