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Virginia Tech Tragedy

Posted April 17, 2007

My heart aches for the whole Hokie family this morning. Words cannot express the grief we all feel for Monday's senseless shootings in Blacksburg. I thought it might be helpful to open up this blog to those of you who may have connections to Virginia Tech. What are your thoughts?

The first thing I did yesterday was contact a good TV producer friend and Virginia Tech graduate to offer my words of support and comfort. What can we do? Call. Comfort. Console. And pray our hearts out. Ministers in the Blacksburg area last night prayed for comfort from what one pastor called "a savage entity laying waste to our hearts."

Why? And why in Blacksburg? We will probably never get any answers that offer any bit of solace. The healing process will be a long and painful one for sure.

As a parent with one child finishing college and another getting ready to enter college I know there will be major security changes forthcoming on our university campuses nationwide. Those changes will be costly but I am more than willing to pay the price.

Colleges thrive on freedom of thought and openness. It is terribly sad to see those freedoms in peril.


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  • murdock Apr 19, 2007

    This has been a tragedy. We look to blame the shooter. We blame those who should have seen it coming. We have blamed the medical providers who prescribed him antidepressants and counseled him. But as someone in the medical field, not everyone who gets counseling or is on an antidepressant will be a killer. People hide things. They aren't alway honest with their doctors. And what should we do about it? We should grieve for all the families even the shooter's. We should not look to gun control but to lifting up morals in our society. Then we will make a difference.

  • A.V.N. Apr 18, 2007

    I really am sorry for what has happend. The pain has been felt all over natinally and local.My wife attends school and now I really worry for her safty during work which is making my job more harder to concentrate on what I need to do to accomplish my job.God bless everyone on this sad times and needs and crisis.I think we could spend a little more money on school security Elementry,Middle,High,Universities,and Tech. Comm. Colledges.Just a litte more money to up School security will keep our Students and Children safe!Just a little can change alot!
    Tell Me I Was Dreaming/
    That you didn't leave me here to cry/
    You didn't say/
    You don't love me anymore it was just my imagination
    telling lies/
    Darlin'/ tell me you didn't say... Goodbye MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL! WHAT A TRAGIC DAY A DARK DAY,SAD DAY, AD DAY I DON'T LIKE DAY!

  • NCSUBAEstudent Apr 17, 2007

    "Forget any and all college affiliations today. For today, we are all Hokies."

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, students, faculty, staff, and friends of VT. May God be with you all!

  • Caniac Apr 17, 2007

    My daughter starts college in fall of '07.The first question I had about the school was, what type of security do they have? All I can offer these people are my prayers.A sad day for all of America.

  • bornbredtarheel Apr 17, 2007

    All I could think about was how horrible it was and how much the campus is in my thoughts...My dad just retired from teaching English at ETSU and I thought thank god it didn't happen where he taught/lives in Tennessee...

  • Football is Awesome Apr 17, 2007

    What a horrible event for VT and the country. I hope something is done on campuses nation wide because those would be a target of opportunity for terrorist attacks. Look at it, they could go wherever, whenever they wanted on a college campus.

    Also, WRALs high school sprots person wrote a blog entry this afternoon about it and it was very real life and straight forward. WRAL hasn't posted a link to it on the front page, but the link is below. I highly recommend it.


  • gramma Apr 17, 2007

    Riverracer, this madness will never stop! It'll only get worse and worse as we get nearer to the End Times. The Bible clearly tells us that as that time draws closer, brothers will turn against brothers, family against family. There will be "wars and rumors of wars", just as we're currently seeing.

    What needs to happen is that people need to develop a personal relationship with Jesus and recieve God's saving Grace into their hearts.

    I pray that this troubled, distraught young man knew the Lord, even if it happened in the last nano-second of his life! May God have mercy on his soul and comfort his family as well as all of those who have been traumatized by this horror.

  • lilybell Apr 17, 2007

    Bill, you can't secure a college campus any more than you can secure an entire city -- which is what a campus the size of VT is, pretty much a small city. And think about the cost to our freedom of the kind of system it would take to "secure" a campus (or a mall). These events, while incredibly heart-breaking and tragic, are very, very rare. We must keep that in mind when reacting to the tragedy. We do not want to live in what's called a police state like some former Communist bloc country or some place like Libya. My condolences go out to the VT family over this horrible tragedy.

  • ksloan Apr 17, 2007

    I am from Wisconsin. I personally pray for and with your entire community as you struggle to understand and work through your feelings of grief and numbness. while you cannot undo what is done. you can come together and not let this tragedy overtake your great university or your loving community. my prayers are with each and everyone of you.

  • anggiet Apr 17, 2007

    My kids attend Orange High School and were there in August when their campus was involved in a shooting. I cannot express the feelings I had when I got a phone call from my eldest saying that they almost had a Columbine. I did not believe him at first and thank God that I heard it from him first instead of from the Connect-ed or WRAL. I did not stop shaking until I saw both my boys late that evening. I cannot imagine the horror felt by the families and friends of those involved in the tragedy yesterday. May God wrap his loving arms around everyone in Blackburg and VT.




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