Students worry about going out in Tallahassee following mass shootings

Posted at 5:57 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 17:57:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Yoga studio, neighborhood bars, and concerts. It seems no public place is safe from the threat of a mass shooting. 

With many bars in Tallahassee geared toward students, we spoke to some on Thursday to see how they're processing the news. 

Like the many venue owners we spoke with, students said they're feeling truly paranoid for the first time in their lives to go out and enjoy their favorite spots around town. 

The feeling that it can't happen here, or that it won't happen to me, is evaporating quickly as students struggle with the news of another mass shooting.

Some students said they still aren't worried about going out to public venues, but many others don't share that sense of normalcy. 

"I think most people have this mentality that it's not going to happen to me and that was 100 percent me with most things, especially shootings that are so rare," said Melanie Anthony, Florida State University student. "But the more that they are not becoming so rare and it's coming too close to home, and I have friends that go to Pepperdine and know people that were there. It's like not even a degree of separation from those things happening anymore." 

Anthony said her parents don't even want her going out in Tallahassee after what happened at a popular bar in Thousand Oaks where her friends at Pepperdine go often.  

And it's not just students in Tallahassee that have concerns now, at least a dozen bar and club owners told us they're truly shaken and fearful that something similar could happen at their business.