COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — The Ohio State University’s campus was bustling Tuesday morning as 60,000 students returned to class less than 24 hours after the violent knife attack.
On a campus where everyone thinks it can’t happen, rumblings of the attack reverberated throughout Ohio State as students tried to return to a sense of normalcy. Thousands headed back to class past the spot where Abdul Razak Ali Artan plowed a car into a group of people before charging with a butcher knife.
“My friend’s sister actually got hit by the car, so I think it’s just very eye-opening to how real this all is,” said Eilidh Cowan, a freshman from Columbus.
For junior Jonathan Bashor, the attack hit all too close.
“I actually thought about my cousin who was at Virginia Tech, and thinking ‘wow I can’t believe something like that would happen’,” stated Bashor.
He says he called his cousin, sharing with her some of the same feelings she experienced when tragedy struck while she was going to Virginia Tech in 2007.
“It was interesting to be somewhat in the same boat. Definitely not nearly as horrible, but I started to understand a little more for sure,” said Bashor.
While some students say they are ready to put the incident behind them, others say they are still reeling and will be for a while.
“It’s kind of just nerve racking to have to go back to class because you don’t know if it’s going to happen again,” said Cowan.
Columbus police and the FBI are handling the investigation and looking into the reason behind the attack.