Astroworld Festival: Travis Scott creates a security program for events

Project HEAL is said to cover a number of other initiatives ranging from college scholarships, free mental health resources and a center for creative design.

HOUSTON — It’s been nearly four months since the Astroworld festival wreaked havoc on the Houston community.

Travis Scott, the man at the center of the tragedy, hasn’t spoken much since the event took place, but On Tuesday, he posted on his Instagram that he hopes to find real solutions to change the security of events around the world.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The above video originally aired on December 9.

The “Goosebumps” rapper said he and his team are creating a program called Project HEAL, which has been described as a multi-level initiative dedicated to addressing the challenges facing young people today, by especially those from marginalized and at-risk communities.

Initiatives range from:

  • Academic scholarships
  • Free Mental Health Resources
  • Creative Design Center
  • Technology-driven solution for event security

“While it is easy for corporations and institutions to remain in the shadows, I feel as a leader in my community I must step in when needed,” Scott wrote. “My team and I created Project HEAL to take much-needed action to support real solutions that make all events the safest spaces possible. I will always honor the victims of the Astroworld tragedy who will forever remain in my heart.”

Scott didn’t mention when the program would launch but said he was looking forward to sharing the ideas he was working on.

The Astroworld festival claimed the lives of 10 people, the youngest being only 9 years old.

Astroworld Festival Tragedy: What we know about the 10 victims

A Harris County medical examiner reported that the cause of death for all 10 victims was compression asphyxia, which is when air is cut off from the body due to external pressure, according to the National Library of Medicine.

In addition to compression asphyxiation, the medical examiner’s report listed a contributing cause to the death of one of the victims as the combined toxic effects of cocaine, methamphetamine and ethanol.

About a month after the tragic event, Scott sat down with radio personality Charlamagne Tha God and says he has a responsibility to figure out what happened.

“I have a responsibility to find a solution. And hopefully that’s a first step in us as artists…to have more information about what’s going on,” Scott said.

Watch his full interview at Charlamagne Tha God YouTube Page here

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Joseph K. Bennett