I have to start out today with my own opinions and thoughts on the tragic events that took place at Virginia Tech. Thirty-two victims are now dead and the number is 33 if you count the gunman. I first heard of the news yesterday by seeing a quick link on Yahoo!. I hate to say it, but at first, I didn’t think too much of it. I thought to myself something along the lines of “man that sucks” and without reading the story I preceded to check my email. It wasn’t until I saw it ESPN.com that I knew something bigger had happened. I think it’s a sad and disturbing world when a person can see the word “gunman” and not think too much of it. It wasn’t that I was unsympathetic but in today’s world unfortunately we see that kind of stuff all the time. It wasn’t until I actually read some initial stories that it hit me how unsettling it really was.
I’m just two years out of college at Ohio University. I can’t imagine something like this happening there. OU is a small campus and I’ve never been to VT but I can assume the atmospheres at both schools are similar. You feel safe. You feel welcome. You feel like everyone is friends and you can talk to anyone. No one would want to hurt, let alone kill, their classmates. I just keep imagining what happened inside that classroom. I can see myself sitting in a lecture hall seeing a gunman come and open fire. What would I do? I have no idea. I have no idea how I would handle a situation like that. I have no idea how the students and staff at VT can handle it.
When I was a junior, three OU girls were killed in a fire at Ohio State. I didn’t really know any of the girls who died. However, I did know three of the girls who were with them and survived really well. Not to make their deaths any less significant but it was only three girls and didn’t even happen on our campus. Things were very somber at OU for a few days and there were several services to honor their lives. The VT shootings happened on a much larger scale and will have a much larger fallout on everyone on campus and across the country. I just can’t imagine what is going on at that campus and in the minds of those who survived and the friends and families of those who didn’t. My thoughts and prayers are with the everyone affected by the events of Monday morning.