By Josie Fitz
On March 2, 2018, a bomb went off in Austin, Texas.
To most residents of the town, Austin is a haven of peace. When bombs disguised as packages suddenly began appearing on people’s doorsteps, everyone was petrified. Emma Schmidt, a freshman at St. Andrew’s Academy in Austin, said
“It was really scary because you never knew who was next. I didn’t know anybody who was hurt or killed, but I know of two people whose friends and family were injured and/or killed…it was alarming because Austin used to seem like a really safe and accepting city. It still is, but in that week you had to be careful and it was a good reminder that something can always happen.”
Austin residents were frightened by this very serious threat. Many say that it is the first true terror in their town since the University of Texas tower shooting in 1966. Today’s social climate only fed that fear. The Austin package bombings were random, meaning no one was safe. People were scared to pick up packages on their doorstep, schools were shut down, and GoodWills were bombed. Panic rose quickly and people didn’t know what to do.
Thus raises the question: how does a once calm city like Austin recover from such a tragedy? According to Emma Schmidt, “A lot of people have been supporting each other after the bombings. People have also been more aware because they want Austin to be safe again.” Although the city of Austin was affected by this horrible act of terrorism, it brought them closer together as a community and made them more aware that safety is not guaranteed. The most important thing to do in times like these are to offer support and show love to those around you. Never be afraid to reach out for help, because help is always there when you need it.