Students at Cornell University hosted a “Cry In” event where students were invited to gather on the Ivy League school’s main quad and cry together over the results of Tuesday’s presidential election.
Although it’s unclear who organized the event, The Cornell Daily Sun posted a video of the “Cry In” event, which showed a large group of students sitting and crying together over Donald Trump’s victory.
“I’m quite terrified, honestly,” one student told a reporter from The Sun. “It’s saying that people are really given into fear-mongering. They are willing to put people down based on their identity just so that they would feel vindicated that they would be getting rid of ‘Crooked Hillary.’”
As the students bonded over their tears, they expressed their emotions in writing by jotting them down on poster boards with colored markers or with chalk on the nearby pavement. An individual distributed what looked like Starbucks beverages to the students in attendance.
Cornell community and faculty members also showed up to the “Cry In” to show their support and mourn along with the students.
“I’d say the results are heartbreaking and such a slap in the face to so many of the populations that make up America,” an older woman told The Sun. “I think it’s also an indication that there and many many people who are suffering and feel that haven’t been heard and they believe that Trump will answer their needs.”
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