sadness.

17 Apr

The events of today are truly very sad. What will go down in history as “the Virginia Tech Massacre” took the lives of 33 university students, teachers and staff and injured dozens more. I am floored and speechless, as I attempt to make sense of news reports, student interviews and police investigations.

I find it most interesting that the 8 year anniversary of Columbine is just a few days away and it has been only six months since the shooting at an Amish school in Pennsylvania.

It’s freaky — this could have happened anywhere… including my college or the uni my sister attends… which is only an hour or two away from Virginia Tech.

I’m trying to make sense of the whole event. Without having much information, it’s really hard to discern what this can be attributed to. Or if it needs to be attributed at all?? I know the school system in the US is totally messed up. If Columbine isn’t an example of that, I don’t know what is.

According to news reports, the shooter was an international student… if so, what does that add to the equation? Additionally, the rampage reportedly started because the shooter thought his girlfriend was seeing another dude, so he shot her and the resident adviser who was called in to settle the domestic dispute.

Oh man. What’s to blame? School? Society? Should I even be looking for someone/thing to blame?

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3 Responses to “sadness.”

  1. Asher Heimermann April 17, 2007 at 4:33 pm #

    Being a teenager, this makes me cry so much.

    Asher Heimermann
    http://blog.asherheimermann.com

  2. nicotineandmint April 18, 2007 at 2:15 am #

    i don’t think my heart could possibly hurt anymore. seeing the devastation (human and environmental) in nola and now this- which is purely human. scholastic systems (especially colleges/universities) manifest an extreme, yet often looked-over hierarchy (i suddenly forgot how to spell that word). if you aren’t smart enough, good at sports, head of the chess club, wealthy, white, male, thin, etc- (“undervalued” attributes), then what are you? singled out for being queer or latino? completely ignored, which can sometimes be worse? i dont know what i am getting at, but that school systems, just like prisons, are concentrated social environments of everything that is unjust in our greater society, that guns are terrifying and terrifyingly easy to purchase; that pressure to DO, BE, and CLIMB are too extreme; that we ignore this. not to mention that bush assures us that he is sending help to these families asap. good, great, and we STILL have not aided in the new orleans efforts, or lack thereof? anyways- i could keep going. this is sad, and heart breaking, and just too common.

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