The past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind in Middle East geopolitics. On Wednesday, reports from U.S.-backed forces in Iraq and Syria indicated that the Islamic State in the Levant had collapsed. On March 13, the Senate voted to end U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia in its long, bloody conflict against the Houthi rebellion in Yemen.
The texts that bombarded my phone last Saturday afternoon will remain etched in my mind for the rest of my life. “Run. Hide. Active shoot (sic) on the Diag. RUN.” While I couldn’t comprehend what was happening in that moment, I knew this day would quickly become a day I would never forget.
This past Saturday, there was a false alarm during which University of Michigan students were alerted about an active shooter situation in Mason Hall, leaving them confused, fearful and traumatized. This occurred at the same time as a vigil on the Diag for the victims of the recent attacks on two New Zealand mosques, wheremore than 50 people were killed.
On Saturday, students at the University of Michigan were forced to deal with crisis. Though it ended up being a false alarm, many members of our campus community were nonetheless affected — particularly members of the Muslim community, which was in the midst of vigil for those killed in the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand by a white supremacist when the false reports of a shooter began to surface. We want to hear from anyone who felt impacted by Saturday’s events.