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Parent of a UNLV student recounts the terror of school shootings

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, student
reporters@samoanews.com

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — For the first time, American Samoa is hearing about how a Samoan family is being affected by a mass shooting in the U.S.

A Samoan parent wrote an account of the terror experienced when a gunman on Wednesday killed three people, including at least two business school professors, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, before dying in a shootout with police. Associated press reported the shooting did not appear to be targeting students, according to two law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Terrified students and professors cowered in classrooms and dorms as the gunman roamed UNLV’s Lee Business School and opened fire just before noon on the fourth floor, where faculty and staff offices for the accounting and marketing departments are located. A fourth person was critically wounded in the shooting, police said.

Note that the UNLV shooting incident and the recent THS student threat incident occurred on the same day — Wednesday, December 6, 2023.

Here is Kenale Ainuu’s thoughts on what is happening in our schools across the U.S. and now — even in American Samoa:

Kids shooting kids at Sandy Hook Elementary school killed 20 students and 6 adults, they said bullying was a contributing factor. We have had our fair share of gun-involved tragedies in our City [Las Vegas]. The MGM massacre should always be a reminder of how we need to seriously address this to avoid it from happening again. Today [Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023} a professor who was deemed unfit to teach at the UNLV shot multiple people, killed 3, injured many, and mentally scarred, emotionally damaged many students and parents alike. 

Driving home today from UNLV, my daughter asked we don't listen to any music or anything during our ride home. She put on this strong facade but I can tell the change in her mannerisms. Her happy humorous smiling demeanor is now replaced with a window stare and the sound of silence.  

After a few hours at home, she explained how they cowered under tables for 3 to 4 hours and were in a locked room with 100+ students who were scared, crying, freaking out, panicking, and listening to gun shots from the building next door. This is their Finals week and the UNLV bulletin will give everyone 4 days to get their fears, mental health in order and then final exams will take place in the same building as the shooting. 

UNLV DO BETTER. This was a failure in our security plans, student support, protecting our children whom we all call the FUTURE OF AMERICA. 

We can do better by first holding those who are in Authority responsible for this happening. We need accountable strong leaders who value integrity and are willing to put their lives on the line for our children. Applying better plans to screen and keep guns and other weapons out from every School, hospitals and school events..etc.

Our fear as parents is not having the confidence to send our kids to your care, and pushing your propaganda on our children without our approval. It's been happening on College campuses and only now, It's under the microscope. There needs to be mental health therapist and specialists to assist these students as they're trying to return to their reality before it was negatively shattered by a mentally ill professor.

We as a community and the leaders whom we elected to be lawmakers should come together and for once, "DO RIGHT FOR OUR KIDS".

#UNLV

#UNLVDOBETTER

#LASVEGAS

#CCSD

#LASVEGAS-STRONG

Here at home Governor Lemanu P.S. Mauga emphasized that “prevention is key” in his public message to the community about the THS threat incident.