On the road to recovery
by Peter D’Urso
The flowers, message boards and media have all left Dawson College but the memory of the shooting rampage will never fade.
Several months after Kimveer Gill walked into the Montreal College, things are beginning to go back to normal. “I think everyone is beginning to move on,” said Alex St-Jean, a full time student at Dawson. “It will never be the same but that initial fear has died down.”
The college halls are filled with people who have been affected by the tragedy. Although the initial panic has gone, there is still the lingering fear of history repeating itself. “There is no point in dwelling on what could happen,” Marc Rousseau said. “The only thing I can do is live my life to the fullest.”
It was pure coincidence that Montreal police officers were at the college on unrelated business. “No one wants to think about what would have happened if the cops weren’t already on the scene,” Alex St-Jean said “That’s what really freaked me out.”
Dawson has hired more security guards since the tragedy but students don’t seem to see the point. “Guards should have guns,” St-Jean said. “It’s the only way to stop an armed maniac.”
The issue of security at Dawson is still a very hot topic. “I don’t see a big difference in the number of security guards here and I don’t think more security is the answer,” Rousseau said. “Whether we had five or five thousand the outcome would have been the same.”
Kimveer Gill walked into an unsuspecting college that never saw him coming. Dawson has taken steps to prevent something like this from ever happening again. “I honestly don’t know what steps should be taken,” Rousseau said. “We can’t screen everyone for weapons or shoot first and ask questions later.”
Peter D’Urso is a Science student at Dawson.