Students excited for Obama's campus visit

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Today's beautiful spring day on the University of Hartford campus was anything but a normal Monday.

Tonight, the quiet campus, 50 miles from Sandy Hook, will be the backdrop for the President's push for national gun control.

"We are proud of receiving this and I know that all the parents from Sandy Hook will be here and it's going to be a very sad moment for all of us," said Amelia Pereira, student. "It is great to hear from the President, but seeing all of that in front of our eyes will be a very big event."

"I think that it's a really good opportunity for students to go and learn if they don't know how they feel about the subject, and they can just go and figure out what he thinks and what can be done about it, especially with the tragedy in Newtown," said Molly Rabuffo, student.

Security on campus is very tight. Parts of the school are in lockdown until the President leaves. And afternoon classes were cancelled.

"It's pretty cool, kinda crazy. Everyone's over there. There weren't enough tickets for everyone to go though, so I'm not going to be able to go see it," said sophomore Geoff Ruimay, "but we have stuff on campus so we can go watch it if we want."

"Everyone is back and forth," said freshmen Nancy Schaefer. "News reporters everywhere."

"Pesky news reporters," said News 8's Darren Kramer.

"Yes," Schaefer said laughing.

And as for their school being a backdrop for the debate on guns, a lot of the students say it's as good a place as any for that important discussion.

"I think it's really good because we are pretty close to where everything happened with the school," said Megan Banasse, "and I think it's a good place to have it done."

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