Bin Laden's death sparks spirited debate among college students

GULFPORT, MS - The death of the world's most wanted man is still the talk of the campus Tuesday.

"It's overwhelming and scary a little bit, because I wasn't thinking it was going to happen anytime soon," said freshman Amber Snowman.

Some students disagreed over the daring raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

"I don't think they should have killed him, because no one deserves to die by murder," said freshman Ashley Tilley.

"When you do something negative, you're going to be punished for it. So that's what made everybody happy because of what he's done to the country wasn't right," said sophomore Watt Kemp.

WLOX talked to a group of students who are taking history, sociology, and political science classes at the Jeff Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Almost half of their lives have been surrounded by talk of the 9/11 attacks and the relentless search for bin Laden. Some students are worried that his death will spark retaliation.

"Osama bin Laden was a product of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Even though he's dead, as long as we continue to do things that inspire rage over there, then they will continue to be angry with us," said sophomore Joseph Jones.

"A threat was removed. A big figure in what we considered to be an enemy to the nation has been removed. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's gone," said MGCCC freshman Sage Gerard.

"Just because you kill that leader at that time, a leader of al Qaeda then, isn't someone going to step up and take charge now?" asked freshman Brandon Oakes.

While there are still many questions and concerns, especially over the war on terror, the students have hope that bin Laden's death will encourage more diplomacy instead of violence.

"I hope it will end it and make it an agreement and everything can end and send our troops back home," said freshman Thomas McNair.

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