dd April 16th, 2007
An injured person is carried out of Norris Hall at VA Tech.
For those who haven’t yet heard, a tragedy of indescribable proportion took place today on the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA. According to early reports, a young Asian-American man killed 22 students, including himself, and wounded many others. News reports at this time indicate an uncertainty about whether the shooter was a current or former student. They say he had a grudge with a professor in the class room building where almost all the carnage took place.
What the hell has happened to us? When I was a college student 40 years ago, no one had guns, let alone think of using them indiscriminately against innocent people because you were pissed off at a professor. Maybe, it will turn out that the killer was mentally disturbed. But, doesn’t it seem so many more of us are so disturbed today? Is it the media that is to blame? Violence is rampant, especially in urban music these days. Video games? Are we more stressed than 40 years ago? Could someone please explain what is going on?
I know friends who have or had students attend VA Tech, which is only a couple of hundred miles from my home in N. VA. I hope and pray their kids were not involved. I can’t even begin to imagine the unspeakable anguish and devastation being felt by the parents of the young people cut down in the beginning of their lives because they happened to be sitting in the wrong classroom in what they thought was a safe state university in a rural part of VA.