Ana Leal, left, embraces Lone Star College student Sabrina Cuellar after she was evacuated from the campus following a shooting at the north Harris County school Tuesday in Houston. The shooting wounded three people and sent students fleeing for safety as officials placed the campus on lockdown, officials said.
Freshman Amanda Vasquez was sitting in room 163 of the Academic Building at Lone Star College – North Harris when she heard shots ring out in the hallway.
Three people were shot during an argument at the Houston-area campus Tuesday afternoon, according to USA TODAY.
But it was a tweet by CNN National News Editor Justin Lear that caused backlash.
Lear asked Vasquez if she had any pictures of what was going on at the school to share with CNN.
Her response: “no because I didn’t think to take pictures while I thought my life was in jeopardy.”
Some Twitter users commended Vasquez for her frankness, like @RomaniaSays: “Please stay safe. Your life is more important than CNN ratings.”
Another Twitter user, @mcbc, tweeted the editor: “hey. I know you’re doing your job. Sometimes it’s awesome. Other times the Twitter snark shark attacks.”
Vasquez, an undeclared major, said via email late Wednesday that the tweet was “a little insensitive, but understandable.”
“My intentions when replying to this man’s tweet were not to cause such a huge fuss,” she wrote. “That was just my honest answer.”
Vasquez spent the rest of her day Tuesday thanking users for their support.
“I am just grateful to be healthy, alive and surrounded by my loving family,” she wrote in the email.
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