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  • 4/16/07 Virginia Tech. Shoooting

    The Oklahoman has a guestbook that you may sign for the victim's and families of Virginia Tech.
    Last edited by little bird; 04-17-2007, 01:58 PM.
    "Riches from the heart can not be stolen."

  • #2
    My condolences go out to all the sad, I was watching this on TV last nite. May they all rest in peace........


    • #3
      Does anyone know anyone that goes to school there? Thats so tragic.
      The only time its too late to start dancing is when you're dead.


      • #4
        This is an incredibley unbelievable sitauation - I live many thousands of miles away, don't know anyone involved (that I know of) and yet feel traumatised by the news of this tragedy.

        I am so sorry to the families of those directly affected.


        • #5
          I've got a younger cousin who goes there, I'm still trying to reach his parents. keep getting voice mail.
          A close friends nephew goes there also, he's okay. No one has posted anything on our family yahoo group about him being hurt so I'm hoping for the best.

          Just spoke to his dad,he forgot to tell us Andy transfered to another school this past fall. So ours are okay.
          Prayers going up for all the families and friends who lost someone at V. Tech.
          Last edited by Annie Fawn; 04-17-2007, 09:29 PM.
          Courage is just fear that has said it's prayers.


          • #6
            This was in the Guest Book

            Really Beautiful!
            To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
            but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
            I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
            Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

            Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
            Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
            That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
            God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

            It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
            As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
            I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
            There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

            God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
            And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
            And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
            God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

            When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
            because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
            But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
            Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

            I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
            But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
            But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
            I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

            There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
            but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
            It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
            that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

            If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
            then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
            And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
            knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

            So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
            just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
            When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
            I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

            And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
            remember you're not're coming here to me.
            "Riches from the heart can not be stolen."


            • #7
              "Riches from the heart can not be stolen."


              • #8
                I cant imagine the grief all these people are going through
                but somehow, someway, my wish would be that we as compassionate people find way that would make this never could happen again.


                • #9
                  I want to applogize for spelling "Shooting" with THREE o's. I was typing too fast and now I can't seem to correct the spelling title.
                  "Riches from the heart can not be stolen."


                  • #10
                    The family of the shooter has apologized to those affected by the actions of their son. I just finished reading it and their anguish is palpable.

                    Many in the DC area (especially northen Virginia) had sons and daughters attending VTech. There are some area fatalities as well.

                    It's all just very sad.


                    • #11
                      One of the best things I think we all can do to raise the chances this sort of thing won't happen again is to raise the level of civility on message boards and in chat rooms. This board has never been much of a problem, as far as I've been able t o see, but I've seen others - Indian and non-Indian, mostly political oriented - where the viciousness is incredible. People stir each other up just to make points, and the anger just rises and rises and when you make weapons easily accessible to these kinds of people -particularly ones who have otherwise been hurt in life or isolated - they're going to use them. If we can just short circuit the anger spiral on the web, it can only help.


                      • #12
                        This is an incredibly sad time for many I know and work with. My advisors attended VPI for their undergraduate education and while they don't know anyone directly this has been very traumatic for them. It is amazing how wide an effect this has had even on those not involved.

                        I would also like to point out that in addition to the lives that were lost, great research and philanthropy was also destroyed. Many were involved in the community and some of the people murdered were involved in important biomedical research that improves the living conditions for countless others as well.

                        The effects of this will be felt for a long time in the potential that has been so violently removed from all of the dead, their families, and a society that should not have been deprived of their presence.
                        A tater tot is worth a thousand fries.


                        • #13
                          Although this was the worst, it was only one of many similar
                          incidents including Red Lake and Columbine. In all of these,
                          the shooter or shooters showed warning signs that they were
                          about to go off the deep end--signs that were not recognized
                          in time. Seung Cho showed many of the warning signs. Read
                          the two plays of his that were posted on the internet:
                          "Richard McBeef" and "Mr. Brownstone". They are just dripping
                          with anger and hate and are the signs of an individual who
                          was either extremely depressed or paranoid. If there had been
                          some kind of intervention--psychotherapy, antipsychotic or
                          antidepressant medication--perhaps this tragedy wouldn't
                          have happened. Hindsight is always better than foresight,
                          but I hope that in the future school and college administrators
                          learn to cultivate their foresight; perhaps a repetition of
                          something like this can be avoided.


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