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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Virginia Tech Tragedy

Posted April 17, 2007 7:22 a.m. EDT

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.