On December 14, 2012, Michigan State University student Jacqueline Matthews was forced to hide with her young classmates as a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle terrorized Sandy Hook Elementary in her Connecticut hometown.
On Monday, the high school senior was forced to cower once more when a gunman rampaged through her campus in East Lansing, Michigan, killing three students and injuring five others.
“I’m 21 years old and this is the second mass shooting I’ve ever been through,” Matthews said in a TikTok video posted early Tuesday morning.
A caption neatly sums up her message: “Enough.”
“My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the victims of this shooting in the state of Michigan, but we can no longer just offer love and prayers,” she continued. “This should be legislation. Action must be taken. It’s wrong. We can no longer allow this to happen. We can no longer be complacent.’
Matthews described being “hunched over in a corner” for so long during the Sandy Hook shooting 10 years and two months ago that she suffered a “PTSD fracture” at the base of her spine, which now “explodes” always when in stressful situations.
School shootings are known to have a devastating impact beyond the immediate family and friends of the victims. Research examining the long-term health of survivors shows that they use antidepressants at a higher rate and are less likely to complete their education.
Authorities announced early Tuesday morning that the MSU shooting suspect, 43-year-old Anthony McRae, shot and killed himself after an hours-long police chase.
Police say McRae began his rampage around 8:20 p.m. Monday, shooting at both Berkey Hall on the north side of campus and the MSU Union to the west before fleeing on foot. Panicked members of the community reported gunshots elsewhere while sheltering in place awaiting word from law enforcement.
An informant eventually led police to McRae’s location after authorities released a security camera image of the suspect late Monday.
He had no connection to the university.
Alexandria Werner, a junior from Clauson, Mich., and Brian Frazier, a sophomore from Grosse Pointe, Mich., were named as two of the deceased; police say they will not release the name of the third victim out of respect for the wishes of the family.