Fair Night Terror


Image captured by Mackenzie Shannon.

Mackenzie Shannon, Staff Writer

A lone shoe in the parking lot. A group of teenage girls crying. People hiding in the bushes. People climbing fences. People running in complete panic.

These are some of the images you see on TV with mass shootings. Unfortunately, today we see these images all too often, but we never think this could happen to us

I was enjoying the South Carolina State Fair on a beautiful Saturday night. The smell of fried food was in the air. Neon lights lit up the dark night. People were laughing and having a good time. The happiness that I was feeling was stripped away in a matter of seconds.

Active Shooter.

These two words have the ability to take a simple day and change it into complete chaos.

I heard those two words and ran. I never paused to check for the sound of gun shots. I just ran.

I could only think about getting as far away as possible. I was not sure exactly what was happening, but I have seen plenty of instances on TV and I did not want to be next. I was shaking and crying, hugging my boyfriend as tight as I could. I was confused and scared. Standing outside the fairgrounds, we were watching and waiting for answers.

I do not know if I ever will get the answers to all of my questions. I do not know if I am ever going to be able to go back to the fair without having scary flashbacks. 

What I do know is that we are living in a world of fear. We cannot go anywhere without the fear that we could get shot. I saw those effects first-hand, and I never want to experience that fear again.