Students React to the Death of bin Laden

USF students discussing the death of Osama bin Laden express reactions ranging from excitement to skepticism.


By Daylina Miller

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (May 2, 2011) - Late last night, President Obama announced Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda and the man responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, was dead.


Student reactions around the University of South Florida campus Monday morning varied from excitement to skepticism about bin Laden’s death. Dozens of students declined to comment, but of those that did, most originally heard the news via Facebook, Twitter and text messages from friends.


Here’s what USF students had to say when asked: “How do you feel about the news of Osama bin Laden’s death?


“I’m a six-year Air Force veteran and I joined the military in 2002. After learning the news today, I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a really big accomplishment for this country after trying to find him all these years. I’m very excited for our president, NSA and the Pentagon. They all definitely put in a lot of work to catch the guy. I’m excited for those who lost loved ones at the World Trade Center. They’re definitely getting some closure today.” – Nathaniel Porter, social work major


“I’m just happy. That’s the easiest way to put it.” – Justin Sommer, criminal justice major


“It’s good for the country. It’s uniting. [Osama bin Laden] was key in 9/11 so it’s good to see after almost 10 years that he’s finally dead.” – Giorgio Grassi, chemistry major


“It’s about time.” – Chelsea Bryant, health science major


“Yeah, he’s dead and that’s great and all but his project is still going on. It’s not going to end and we have to watch out for whatever may happen.” – Julio Pena, biomedical science major


“It’s good that he did die, if it’s true. It’s justice. It makes Americans feel better. But can you really trust anything the media says?” – Alyssa Fedgo, biomedical sciences major


“I hate to say I was pretty happy but it was 10 years too long. It was a definite relief.” – Kiera Coote, criminal justice major, Army veteran


“Last night my friend sent me a text. It said ‘God Bless America. It’s good to be a veteran today.’ I was up at 3 a.m. watching the news. When I first heard it, I thought ‘Thank you’.” – Sherman Purnell, geography major, Air Force veteran


Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.