Opinion: Astroworld tragedy was preventable

Rapper Travis Scott’s music festival in Houston will forever be marred by entirely preventable death of his fans


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Candles, flowers and letters are placed at a memorial outside of the canceled Astroworld festival at NRG Park on Nov. 7 in Houston.

Kylie Chisamore, Staff Writer

Standing in the crowd with music blasting, everyone in the crowd had fun enjoying the music until tragedy strikes. Screaming began with people begging for help, everyone fearing for their lives, wondering what’s going on. In the aftermath, the entire country waited to learn what happened at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival knowing could this tragedy have been prevented.

The Astroworld festival was held for only two days, Nov. 5-6. On the second day, a tragedy occurred resulting in ten dead and hundreds injured.

Travis Scott definitely saw what happened. Scott stopped the show momentarily to acknowledge the ambulances yet did not stop the show entirely. An ambulance inside a show is not the norm, meaning he had to have known without being told that something terrible was occurring.

Travis Scott could have definitely done more to protect his fans. Numerous artists such as Adele, Kurt Cobain, and Lincoln Park have stopped their shows and refused to continue until everyone was okay. In addition to stopping the show the artists made everyone take steps back to give one another their space.

The way some of the audience handled the incident is shameful and blatantly disrespectful.  Crowd members were seen dancing on top of or near the ambulances, which caused them to get stuck and not help those who were in need of medical assistance. Following this was more injuries unable to be treated.

Regardless of how long it took Travis to end the show, it was not quick enough. Ten people are now dead. Nobody should lose their life due to the performers not doing their job of protecting their fans.