University of Alabama offers counseling for students following bar shooting
The victims injured in this week's shooting in Tuscaloosa may suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Those suffering from PTSDcan benefit from therapy, according to mental health experts, which is one reason University of Alabama officials are offering that service this week.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event, such as Tuesday's shooting.
Nathan Van Wilkins remains in jail in Tuscaloosa, which is located approximately 150 miles southwest of Huntsville. The 44-year-old is accused of walking into the Copper Top bar and opening fire at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, injuring 17 people, including three UA students. Dozens of others, including fellow UA students, witnessed the violent event.
UA's interim president, Dr. Judy Bonner, released a statement on Tuesday. In it, Bonner said,
"The safety and well-being of our students is one of our highest priorities at The University of Alabama. The University will continue to partner with the city of Tuscaloosa, as we work together to provide for the safety of our students, faculty and staff."