Thus, in that afternoon, tons of policemen surged to the library, and evacuated the building. We all got email messages that the library was evacuated, and an hour later, all classes were canceled for the rest of the evening.
It later turned out that the library was secure, and there was no sign of the gunman whatsoever.
This was a couple of days after the University of Alabama in Huntsville shooting, where there was one professor who allegedly shot three of her colleagues because the university was denying her tenure.
It therefore becomes a thing to ponder about why educational institutions such as high schools and universities become the target of shootings. Is it because that students are seen as vulnerable and easy targets? Is it because that these educational institutions foster an image of easy shooting practice? Or is it simply that shootings happen everywhere, but it's just that the ones that happen in educational institutions get more publicity?
I actually was acting stupid that afternoon, during the shooting scare. It wasn't until my classmate who had an office next to me who would not leave until I pack my bags and leave as well that I decided to leave campus and go home. My first idea was that if there was indeed a shooter, then I would be safe cocooning myself in the office.
In the end, it turned out to be nothing. But I would rather have it to be nothing than something.