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Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 7:56 PM


Here at Washington State University, we are saddened and horrified at what has transpired at Virginia Tech.

Hold your loved ones close tonight.


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 8:02 PM

I've just returned from a blissful day in the sun with a friend to hear this horrific news. I don't know what to think or say. My heart goes out to all the families in pain tonight.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 8:13 PM

Such a tragedy of monumental proportions. I am absolutely horrified at the loss of life and safety. My condolences go out to the friends and families of the victims, both dead and living through this most sorrowful of events.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 8:31 PM

I listened to the reports at lunch time and again while in the car a couple hours ago. Words cannot describe the senseless pain this type of thing creates. There will never be enough answers to Whys? to rationalize this type of event. My heart aches for everyone involved in any way.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.2 - Posts: 5649)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 9:29 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the families tonight of those who lost a loved one and those who are holding vigils at area hospitals on those that were wounded...My heart aches tonight...God Bless us all..

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 10:00 PM

I 4 once are at a loss 4 words.What do you say? How do we cope? God bless the dear little ones.............................

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 10:06 PM

My prayers go out to the victims and their families. May God be with you as you try to deal with such an unthinkable and horrific thing.


Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 10:32 PM

I spent an unusually uninformed day newpapers, no tv, no radio. Just found out about this 20 minutes ago. I am praying (and urge all of you to) for all the families and friends who have lost loved ones today.

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 1935)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 10:40 PM

I can't really get my head around the why of it. All I know is that, a lifetime of pain for many, will be the result. This is a momumental tragedy & my heart goes out to all.

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 11:13 PM

This really just makes me sick to my stomach. So much pain for so many.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 11:47 PM

Ya know, it's times like this (just like 9/11) where my son has SO MANY questions...most of them start with "why mommy"...and I don't have an answer.

I can help him with his multiplication tables and with his social studies, but when the really big things hit, I'm at a loss.

I guess the only saving grace is that I really can't begin to comprehend what would make someone do something so atrocious. Nor can I begin to comprehend the absolute mind boggling sorrow those parents, students, teachers and faculty feel.

At those times, I just hold him a tad bit closer and tell him that I don't know and I love him more than anything in the world.

Sometimes a really good hug and a tear is about all you can offer.


Rev66  (Level: 86.4 - Posts: 85)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 11:48 PM

My son in law teaches at VT. It has been a horrid day for them, as for us all. Such a tragedy is beyond imagination yet the horror of it is very real. So many questions -- so few answers.

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 12:40 AM

I'll dispense with my normal maligned humor and offer this prayer:

May God wrap his arms around these devastated families and provide for them enough courage to get out of bed tomorrow. Enough strength to make it though the day. Enough grace to hear their outcries. Enough mercy to ease their pain. Enough love to someday heal their broken hearts. And enough wisdom to remember....

Valedc4  (Level: 62.0 - Posts: 171)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 12:53 AM

My heart and prayers go out to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. It's a sad day in America when we have to listen to these horrendous stories of gunfire and mass murderers in our schools. I for one have hugged my babies extra tight tonight and I pray that by the time they are adults this kind of tragedy will never cross their paths.

Geophile  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 1545)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 1:04 AM

Well said, Texlewee...and who can even begin to fathom the whys? It continues to astonish me how quickly our lives can change in the blink of an eye. These tragedies affect our national psyche and, once again, we are reminded how vulnerable we are, how fragile life is and how quickly it can be taken from us. Another component is how it resurrects all past national tragedies, and the families of victims past must once again relive their own personal hell.

Surreyman  (Level: 272.3 - Posts: 2771)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 3:25 AM

Certainly, every thought from over the sea.

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 7:27 AM

The media coverage of this terrible event seems obsessive to the point of being morbid. Why do they need to endlessly dig out every tiny detail? It seems to be desensitizing.

I know I can turn the TV off or change channels, but even doing so it still seems unavoidable.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.8 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 7:44 AM

The media coverage is quite the opposite, passive beyond reproach. Are we really to believe that nobody knows the identity of the shooter? They're just sitting there, waiting for whatever pap comes from the campus and law enforcement authorities, who in turn are making utterly idiotic statements ("everything we did worked as it was supposed to.") I am confident that whatever happened isn't the big mystery they are making it out to be. Whatever happened to investigative journalism?

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 8:10 AM

Good point, Ken. They are focusing on the minutia of the event instead of trying for the big facts.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 8:45 AM

Since the shooter is dead, most likely no information is being released until his family has been notified.

We discussed a scenerio similiar to this earlier this year and if our department was prepared for emergency situations. Its pretty hard to prepare for something you don't know is coming. But there has to be a better system for notification than email. Those of us sitting in our offices will have instant access to email but those in the classrooms do not.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 8:50 AM

I agree, Ken. Today's press is like a bunch of butterflies flitting from flower to flower. If Watergate happened today, it would be below the fold and forgotten in 2 days, except for coverage some celebrity who was inconvenienced.

Marynuala  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 996)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 11:56 AM

Yes, another example of a senseless shooting in what seems to have become a trend with knife attacks, in modern society. What is sad, is that even schools and other institutions of learning, are no longer safe places for children. I hope none of you at Sploofus or anyone you knew personally, were victims of this outrage. Take care.

Cypressriver  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 160)
Tue, 17th Apr '07 1:58 PM

It was very sad this morning to have to explain to my nine-year-old what had happened. I knew she'd hear about it from kids in her class who have older siblings, and I didn't want her to be frightened. I explained that a university is like a city and that her little school is one small building and is safe. I think I scared her. And I couldn't adequately answer her legitimate questions--Why didn't all the police from all the nearby towns get there RIGHT AWAY and surround the buildings? Why didn't they cancel school for the day? What kind of gun was it? Does the president know about this? Why does he think people should have guns--I mean this is a BIG country--doesn't he know there have to be some people who are mentally ill or even bad? And the most heartbreaking: Weren't there any teachers there?

Finally, I had to tell her that the boy was Asian, because she herself is Asian and some kid will use it against her. It's happened before.

I dread the day I have to tell her about high school shootings and, sigh, 9/11.

Some years ago there was a shooting at the University of Iowa and my husband was a student there and on campus at the time. I had to wait three hours to find out if he was okay (About 5 people were killed, but the news was reporting "dozens" at that point.) I only had to wait three hours. I can't imagine what these families must be going through now. Some are still waiting to find out, even now.

As some have pointed out, the media coverage of this is sickening. And the reaction from Washington, despicable.

Geophile  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 1545)
Wed, 18th Apr '07 2:27 AM

That is so unfortunate, Elizabeth, I feel for you and your daughter. We should not think ill of Koreans in this matter, either. I think of my dear Korean neighbors, kind, gentle, who are feeling a bit stigmatized right now. The Korean people have done nothing wrong. This was the senseless act of an individual. From all accounts, his English teacher picked up on his violence and notified school officials. But,this is the U.S. One has to commit the crime before legal action is taken.

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Thu, 19th Apr '07 8:43 PM

Today I thought about the innocent civilians in Irag, who go through horrors like this one with 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 as many deaths almost every single day. Unimaginable.

Cypressriver  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 160)
Thu, 19th Apr '07 11:17 PM

Yes, Aslan. I heard an interview today that emphasized that same idea. I was heartened to hear the reporter say it aloud because it could be perceived by some as unpatriotic. But so many people in the world have to live with the fear of this kind of tragedy every time they go to market, to work, or even sit in their own houses. It reminds me to keep those people in my heart and prayers as well. And a different reporter reminded listeners that as many people die from being shot in the U.S. every day as died this past Monday. Another very large group of people to be mindful of.

And yet, somehow, when it's a group of young students and their teachers, who are not in the least expecting it, it seems to underscore the tragedy. When I hear stories of the heroism of students and professors last Monday, I can't help but cry at the human capacity for courage and love. Such amazingly heroic acts take place every day, all over the world.

Surreyman  (Level: 272.3 - Posts: 2771)
Fri, 20th Apr '07 4:04 AM

Do you realise that gun deaths in the entire UK in the last year totalled just 50?

Even taking the USA's 5x population into account ..........

That could start a war of words that is not intended (I'm fully aware of all arguments around this subject), but it is surely worth some sensible thought? Much massive tragedy could be reduced - is that a good aim or not?

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