Naomi Osaka opens on fear she experienced when told there might be active shooter
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Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka admitted she was extremely frightened after the alarm went off at Barclays Center as it triggered a lot of negative emotions in such a short time. On Saturday night, Osaka was at Barclays Center for a boxing match.
At one moment, the alarm went off and people started yelling there was an active shooter. Osaka and others from the crowd huddled in a room, closed the door, and were hoping for the best. In the end, it turned out to be a false alarm of shooting.
"I'm not sure when it happened but over many years I became accustomed to news about mass shootings," Osaka said in a note posted on her Twitter. "It felt as though we just kept repeating the same terrible cycle to the point where I felt my brain turn a switch and start preparing for possibilities in case I would be in a similar situation.
I used to love going to the movies, now on the rare occasion I do go I always feel my heart clench and my palms become sweaty every time I see a person enter the theater while the movie is ongoing."
Osaka: I wouldn't want those emotions to anyone
"My experience the other day made me think a lot, I was lucky enough to have a security guard with me and I cannot imagine having to navigate through that situation by yourself, let alone being a child and it not being a false alarm," Osaka added.
"This feeling of familiarity towards these frequent devastating situation might be exclusive to people living in America but the emotions I experienced in those few minutes I was waiting in that room is something I wouldn't want anyone to go through.
I read an article the other day how bulletproof backpacks are selling more and more and that made me cry so hard. I cannot imagine a future if this continues, something has to evolve and hopefully it will be for the better because should not be deemed normal, this is insanity."
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