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UH Faculty Talk to Students About Tragedy

Elisabeth Steele Elisabeth Steele
Megan Austin Megan Austin
Theresa Dang Theresa Dang
Erica Morimoto Erica Morimoto

By Kristine Uyeno

MANOA (KHNL) - Students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and on campuses across the country are still reacting to what happened in Virginia.

Staff and faculty are also addressing it.

They're trying to reassure them and let them know help is available if they need it.

Professor Elisabeth Steele begins her psychology class with this question:

"How many of you know what happened?"

It's not part of today's lecture, but she feels it's important to address the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

"I mean I was upset when I turned on the news and I can only imagine they share the same feelings that I have. So it's important to validate those feelings and make sure they know there are resources here at UH," said Steele.

"I think my teacher's very compassionate about her job and she cares about us as students. So it's nice for her to address what happened yesterday," said Megan Austin, UH student.

It's a similar story across campus. Even in a microbiology lab class, staff members talk to their students.

"She just said that if ever you feel stressed out or overwhelmed, she gave us a number, because there's a center you can go and talk to people about it," said Theresa Dang, UH student.

The students we talked to say they do feel safe on campus and they're comforted to know if they're in a stressful situation, they'll know where to turn to.

"It's very helpful to know you're not alone. College is very stressful," said Erica Morimoto, UH student.

Professors like Steele are aware of that and encourage students to get help if they ever need it.

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