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Cal State San Bernardino offers counseling services to students after Las Vegas mass shooting

By in Press Enterprise on October 6, 2017

By Brian Whitehead

Counselors at Cal State San Bernardino have made themselves available to students following the Las Vegas mass shooting that left 58 dead, one of which was a student on campus.

In the past week, several students have sought someone from the department to talk to, said Beth Jaworski, assistant vice president of student services. Some were at the Route 91 Harvest festival; others had family or friends there.

Certain students have expressed survivor guilt, Jaworski said.

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“We want people to understand that whatever they did to survive was the right thing to do.”

Javier Cordova, 20, attended a healing circle Friday, Oct. 6, hosted on campus by the counseling department.

“It was a heavy week,” the third-year student said. “I felt like I didn’t get to process it all. We’ve seen so many of these tragedies in the past decade, you stop processing them and just move on with the rest of your life.

“Talking it out was very helpful.”

Jordyn Rivera, a fourth-year student at Cal State San Bernardino, was among the victims. While Cordova did not know the 21-year-old personally, he said he was saddened to know that “one of our own was lost.”

“I don’t understand why something like this needed to happen to our community,” he said.

A vigil for Rivera is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, in La Verne, her hometown and where she graduated from high school.

Cal State San Bernardino will hold a vigil at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 on the Lower Commons patio.

In the interim, Jaworski said resources will remain available for students coping with the tragedy. Jaworski hopes that by talking through their feelings, students can channel their sorrow into something positive.

“Maybe someone chooses to become a nurse, or a doctor or a first responder,” she said. “Or maybe it helps them recommit […]    

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