We have all gone through a very tough time, and tension is at its peak right now. But it's very important that people respect each other. It's important that those accused hold no grudges against the accusers and other people who thought they were guilty. It's important that students hold no grudges against Senators that may have felt differently than they did. It's important for Senators not to hold grudges against the accusers for putting them through this. All around, it's just important that we respect each other and the opinions that each of us has. We're all people, and we all deserve love and respect.
Right now we should all be reflecting on what happened and how we can learn from it. I know that's what I'm doing. I hope that something like this never happens again. The decisions I made tonight were the hardest I've ever had to make in Senate. I felt like at any minute I could lose a friend, and it was hard for me.
Some people in Student Government, including myself, have been receiving threats from members of SG and from members of the public. It's disheartening to me that people would take it to that level. I was so scared tonight because I didn't know what was going to happen to me. I know several others felt the same way.
I don't expect everyone to LIKE the decisions that I made tonight, but I do expect people to RESPECT them. The only thing we can do now is move forward. It's time to get back to business and do the job we were elected/appointed to do - represent the Student Body of Florida Gulf Coast University.