Purdue students returned to class today for the first time since Tuesday’s shooting. News 18 spoke with students to see how they are coping with the memory of what happened.
Students are still grieving for their classmate Andrew Boldt, and as they grieve Purdue has counselors working hard to make sure help is available for anyone who wants it.
As students return to classes Thursday, students say the atmosphere on campus is quiet and somber.
“This is the first time I’ve been over here since it happened. It’s just kind of weird,” said Purdue Sophomore Rheann Weaver.
Another Purdue student, junior Maurico Trujillo said, “It’s almost like, the calm after the storm today.”
Students are dealing with their grief over the death of Andrew Boldt, but Purdue counselor Marty Green said he and the rest of the counseling staff are working outside of their clinical hours to make sure everyone has someone to talk to.
“We’re doing a lot of outreach debriefing. Going out to where students are, groups of students,” said Green.
He said help does not have to come from a counselor, but it is important to have some kind of support system to talk to when faced with this situation.
“The more we talk about it, the more we will be less stuck or paralyzed by it. That’s what makes it so important,” Green said.
Weaver said she finds comfort in talking with friends.
“The night that it happened we went around in a circle and we talked about one word that came to mind,” said Weaver. “A lot of people said ‘confused’, and ‘anxious’ and ‘sad.'”
Even if students do not need to talk with a counselor right away, Green said they will be there when students are in need of them.
“This is a process and we’re prepared to be supportive throughout the entire process,” said Green.
Fellow students said they will be there for each other too.
“It will take a little bit to get used to and to get over it – like to get past what happened,” said Weaver. “But we’re strong and if we stick together, I think we’ll make it through okay.”
Green wants to remind students counseling will continue to be available for students.