Virginia Tech, etc.

I hate that I can't seem to think about anything this week except what happened at Virginia Tech. I also hate that the media is feeding this unhealthy obsession by offering me tiny little update tidbits every few minutes or so. Back in the old days, I would have had to wait for a daily wrap-up on the TV news (or even wait until the next day's newspaper), but thanks to the Internet I can go back to MSNBC, CNN or Yahoo! News all day to see what new details have been released/discovered. I keep telling myself not to look, but I end up there again.

I don't know what to say. I don't have much of a personal connection to Virginia Tech (I know one of their study abroad advisors, but that's it). This doesn't really make me feel any more or less safe on my own campus, because there's no way to predict things like this and we just have to go on living our lives with the assumption that we're still going to be living them tomorrow.

It seems ridiculous that a gunman was loose on VT's campus for two hours and no one notified the students, but on the other hand I understand how universities operate and I realize that there's no way anyone in the administration could have known that this was what the shooter had in mind after the first attack. There's no way of knowing how it would have been different - or maybe even worse - if the university had been locked-down after the first shooting. Everyone's going to be looking for someone to blame and someone to sue, but as prepared as they try to be (and frequently are), university officials aren't psychic.

Okay, that's the end of my ramblings. Maybe now that I've spewed that all out I can actually think about something else for a change.

srah - Tuesday, 17 April 2007 - 12:24 PM
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Comments (3)

gravatar JoshC - April 17, 2007 - 2:05 PM -

From a Hokie: very well said.

gravatar katie - April 17, 2007 - 6:52 PM -

It's nice that you point out that university officials aren't psychic, since you're right - they'll be blamed no matter what happens.

gravatar PimpOfTheNation - April 20, 2007 - 1:59 PM -

If we are lucky, the media will blow this up bigger than the Anna Nicole case. Young Korean kids will be beaten up in rural areas and for a couple months they will be the scape goats for racial tensions. I have had two separate Korean friends already talk about instances here in Chicago. Why are people so dumb?

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