The Virginia Tech Massacre was the largest school shooting since Columbine, Colorado. Efforts to ease the pain and pay respects to those affected by the shooting have been tremendous. Virginia Tech Professor Nikki Giovanni said "We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.... We will prevail...."
The 40-minute documentary, which was screened at several prestigious film festivals and considered for an Academy Award nomination last year, tells the story of Colin Goddard, who was shot four times during the shooting rampage in 2007.
In the hours following the April 16 tragedy, the student-driven volunteer organization Hokies United placed 32 Hokie Stones on the Drillfield. The semi-circle of stones became a place to gather, to mourn, and to reflect, and the poignant display inspired today’s memorial. As a community, we dedicate 32 engraved Hokie Stones in honor and in memory of the members of our Hokie family who lost their lives. Hokie Stone has long symbolized the foundation of Virginia Tech. Now, it also symbolizes our relentless spirit, our courage to move forward, and our determination never to forget.
As the massacre unfolded, Goddard, a 21-year-old senior International Studies major at the time, was the only person inside the Norris Hall building to call police as the sound of gunfire reached his classroom door.
Shot for the first time, Goddard then passed the phone to a classmate, Emily Haas, who gave the police enough information to get them to the scene a few minutes later. It took police about six minutes to get inside the building, which had been barricaded.
In December 2011, the Department of Education required that Virginia Tech pay a fee of $55,000 for its alleged failure to issue warnings out to students in a timely manner.
On Friday an administrative law judge at the Department of Education ruled that the school’s actions did not violate the Clery Act.
The email warning was sent to students two hours after the first shots were fired at Viriginia Tech. Soon after the message was sent, the shooter opened fire again.
In my opinion, most students and faculty would have been aware of the shooting after two hours had passed. However, the campus police and emergency response team need more training and awareness in order to protect their students properly. Virginia Tech deserved the obligation to pay a fee appropriate for the crime.
Though the United States Department of Education has repealed its December verdict that found Virginia Tech’s response to a 2007 campus shooting in violation of the Clery Act, emergency protocol at universities will likely remained unchanged.
The Clery Act requires universities to issue “timely warnings” to students following an incident that could pose a threat to their safety.
For the second time since 2007 there has been a shooting at Virginia Tech, only this shooting was far less deadly than the one that occurred previously. This time only two people were killed, the gunman and the police officer he left slain.
The officer was shot and killed while stopping a vehicle for a routine traffic stop. After shooting the officer the gunman took off on foot.
Four hours after the shooting the Virginia Tech Police department determined that there was no longer a threat and that the campus could return to normal activities.
The network received the package in the mail two days after the shooting, on Wednesday, April 18. It contained 29 digital photos, text and a 10-minute video DVD from Cho, some of which the network aired that evening on its “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” According to the Associated Press (AP), other networks quickly followed by taping the video from NBC and replaying it later in their own news broadcasts that night.
This package caused a lot of pain. News stations were broadcasting it repeatedly only days after this tragedy struck. The event was still a fresh wound for affected families, the news stations were inconsiderate to the timeliness of the tragedy. Considering how disturbing the contents of this package were, Cho definitely meant to hurt others even after he already caused enough damage.
The shooting rampage at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007 generated a media spectacle with local, national, and even global media following every twist of a shooting that was represented in the media as producing the highest death toll of any gun-related mass murder in recent U.S. history. Such a claim was irresponsible and false and is setting the stage for someone to try to break the record. Yet the event has also generated debates over gun laws and control, school safety, mental health care, and what causes teen-agers and young students to kill their class-mates and teachers.
Since Columbine and Virignia Tech shootings occured, there have been many more tragic shootings from the 2012 Aurora shooting to the Conneticut Elementary school shootings. It just seems to be a twisted game that all the mentally unstable try to pull off the largest shootings. They need to reach out to someone for help before more people get hurt.
The tragedy at Virginia Tech was the single worst shooting massacre in American history — leaving 33 people dead, including the shooter, and dozens wounded. The moment of silence for the Virginia Tech victims will take place on the same day of the Columbine, Colorado, massacre anniversary that killed 14 students and a teacher, as well the two shooters.