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Route 91 shooting survivors struggle to cope, at-risk of losing college scholarships

The fallout from the Route 91 mass shooting continues to affect hundreds of victims and thousands of survivors, including several local college students. (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

The fallout from the Route 91 mass shooting continues to affect hundreds of victims and thousands of survivors, including several local college students. Some of those students now say they’re at-risk or have already lost their scholarship as they struggle to cope with the aftermath of the tragedy.

CSN student Cody Jones, 19, wears two metal bracelets engraved with the words “Route 91 Warrior” as a reminder of strength. She was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1 with her mom when the gunfire rained down.

“A person who was about two feet in front of me, got shot, turned around, and we were able to see the blood,” said Jones.

She escaped uninjured that night but she would never be the same.

“The first few months, I didn’t want to admit that I have PTSD but now I truly admit that,” said Jones.

In the days following the shooting, her grades started to slip. She recalls being uneasy in the classroom and jumping every time someone opened or close a door loudly.

“I was taking a test and I couldn’t figure out what half the questions were. That's how I knew I wasn't actually paying attention in class, I wasn't focusing, this is almost taking over my life,” said Jones.

Two weeks ago, Jones was told her grades suffered too much and she said her Millennium scholarship at CSN was revoked.

“I’m not the only one in this boat. There are a lot more students that got UNLV, CSN, Nevada State that did lose their scholarships or dropped out ocampus-wideecause they couldn’t take the stress,” said Jones, as she continues to fight to get her scholarship back, yet hopeful there’s help for her on the horizon.

CSN provided the following statement:

“CSN makes every effort to provide the resources all of our students need to be successful. These include counseling and psychological services, advising, tutoring, careful monitoring of academic progress and help when it is needed, a fully engaged faculty and more.”

UNLV provided this statement:

"The 1 October tragedy affected all of us in Southern Nevada, including members of the UNLV community. The university remains committed to helping students in need, whether academically or emotionally, both now and into the future as we continue to recover as a community."

Additional resources, cited by UNLV:

  • UNLV students affected by the 1 October tragedy are encouraged to contact the Division of Student Affairs (702-895-3656), and they will do everything they can to help
  • Student Affairs and partners campus-wide have assisted more than two dozen affected students in need of academic and related support (reducing classes, temporary withdrawals, financial aid questions - ie Millennium Scholarships, campus housing, etc).
  • UNLV faculty and advisors referred students struggling with stress/trauma as a result of the tragedy to academic and emotional support teams at the university. Others sought out support themselves.
  • UNLV also encourages the university community to utilize counseling resources. Students are encouraged to contact UNLV Counseling and Psychological Services for assistance: https://www.unlv.edu/studentwellness/caps
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