Hopefully her tragedy will help save lives.
Christina Grimmie‘s shocking murder in Orlando over the weekend may have been overshadowed by the completely devastating mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub, but that doesn’t make her loss any less significant.
While the 22-year-old will never be able to share her music with fans again, her attack may just save some lives thanks to new rules and regulations being implemented at similar venues to the one where she was killed.
VidCon — the biggest YouTube convention around — is scheduled to take place at the Anaheim Convention Center next weekend, and now brothers Hank and John Green are upping their security to make sure they don’t have any casualties of their own.
The festival organizers released a statement on Tumblr Monday to let fans know of upcoming changes to protocol, saying:
“First, we are implementing a new security feature at the Twitter Meet and Tweet Hall. Before entering the hall, every attendee will need to pass through a metal detector and all bags will be checked, no exceptions. Every signing line, as in previous years, will have a dedicated security officer as well.
Previously, after panels many fans have come up to give creators gifts or letters or to ask questions and talk. This will no longer be a thing. Creators won’t be able to linger after panels and the audience will not be allowed to approach the panelists. This sucks; obviously, we don’t want to build a wall between creators and their communities, but it is unfortunately necessary.
We will also be performing random bag checks throughout the event. We ask that you be sympathetic and patient with the security staff about this.
As in all years we want VidCon to be fun, but you can’t have fun without being safe, and the VidCon Team is committed to making sure that everyone’s safety is the number one priority.”
Stay safe, everyone!
Will U be attending the 7th Annual VidCon next weekend June 23-25 in Anaheim??
[Image via Christina Grimmie/Instagram.]