Archbishop Carroll students react to Astroworld deaths and injuries

Madison Mitchell, Staff writer

Archbishop Carroll students called out rapper Travis Scott for his behavior during the Nov. 5 Astroworld concert in Houston that left 10 people dead and hundreds more injured.

Scott, the rapper who headlined the event, went onstage to begin his performance around 9 p.m., according to a Nov. 8 story by CNN. Concert goers surged forward, and the first reports of people falling injured reached first responders at about 9:30 p.m., according to a Nov. 8 story posted online by ABC 13 Eyewitness News of Houston.  Officials declared a mass casualty event at 9:38 p.m. and concert goers called out for help between songs in Scott’s set but apparently were not heard, according to the ABC 13 story.  The performance stopped around 10:10 p.m. 

“Travis Scott’s reaction was unacceptable,” said sophomore Sarah Barrera-Cruz. “Even if he couldn’t hear the people over the music, seeing large groups around a person or seeing paramedics should’ve been a hint that something was wrong, and even when the music stopped, I would assume he could hear the people yelling at him, and, if not, his management or the venue should’ve stopped the show sooner.”

Another sophomore — Leah Burch — said, “I think Travis could have stopped the show once he heard of people passing out.” 

Scott contended he had no idea how badly things were going in the crowd as he continued his performance,  the CNN report said. Video from the performance posted by Yahoo on Nov. 6 appears to show Scott pausing his performance  to urge security to help someone in the crowd.

“Any time I could make out, you know, anything that’s going on, you know, I’d stop the show and, you know, help them get the help they need,” Scott said in a video posted Nov. 7 on YouTube. “You know, I could just never imagine the severity of the situation.”

About 50,000 people attended Astroworld on Nov. 5, which was supposed to be the first night of a two-night event. The 2021 lineup included SZA, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny, Earth, Wind & Fire, 21 Savage, Baby Keem, Chief Keef, Master P, BIA, Don Toliver, and Young Thug. The event was cancelled after the episode.

Those who died were John Hilgert, 14; Brianna Rodriguez, 16; Franco Patiño, 21; Jacob “Jake” Jurinek, 21; Rodolfo “Rudy” Peña, 23; Madison Dubiski, 23; Danish Baig, 27; Axel Acosta, 21; Bharti Shahani, 22; and Ezra Blount, 9, according to a Nov. 21 story by ABC 13 Eyewitness News.

More than 100 lawsuits have been filed against Scott and the concert organizers in connection with the Astroworld tragedy, according to a Nov. 19 story in Newsweek. They seek billions of dollars.