Thursday, December 8, 2011

Another Virginia Tech Shooting

Just minutes ago, one of my best friends who is finishing his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech updated his Facebook status, writing:

Hey Everybody, reports are that there are 2 dead in VT shootings, one police officer and on unknown victim. I'm safe, and as far as I know, everybody i know is safe... Cell towers are all jammed, so if you can't get a hold of somebody, don't panic... towers probably just can't handle the traffic.

A local news report confirms that a police officer is one of the shooting victims in this latest Virginia Tech massacre.

ABCNews reminds us:

Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest mass shooting in the United States in 2007 when Seung-Hui Cho killed 33 students, faculty members and himself during a shooting rampage on the campus. Cho was a senior in English at the school.

After the shooting at Virginia Tech, tighter security measures were instituted in schools all over the country, including new protocols for notifying students of emergencies that utilized text messages and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

On Wednesday, Virginia Tech officials appeared in court to attempt to block $55,000 in fines connected to the 2007 shooting, according to the Associated Press The Education Department claims that the school violated the law by waiting over two hours before notifying students via email that a students had been shot. The school argues that it acted appropriately and is being held to high standards that did not exist at the time of the shooting.

I am so very sorry to hear about this horror happening on a campus that has already experienced so much horror. Sometimes there are just no words.




Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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