Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech shootings

I am so sick to my stomach about this.

There's word filtering in now that Jamie Bishop, the son of science fiction writer, Michael Bishop, may be among the dead. Considering that we keep hearing about the German class as one of scenes of the shooting, and the fact that the professor who was shot in the classroom was Herr Bishop... I'd say it's pretty probable. And absolutely horrible.

These are the times where you wrack your brain for the names of people you know, who went to Virginia Tech, or might still be there. My senior prom date, who I lost touch with quite awhile ago, was a college student there. I have no idea if he's at the university still or what he's doing, but Craig Bonanno, if you're alive out there, could you let me know?

Zoe and I are going to cuddle on the bed now, as we attempt to deal with the horror--the tragedy that even from a distance, affects us all.

ETA, 12:30am: I just saw that ABC News has confirmed that Jamie Bishop is among the victims, and it's also popping up on SF-related blogs. My condolences go out to the Bishop family (although I doubt they read this blog, but you never know).

12 comments:

LorMar said...

I just don't know what to say about these things anymore. I could blame gun availability, but then I heard of a maniac who went on a stabbing rampage. All I can say is that the world appears to be getting colder and colder. Where do we go from here?

Spencer said...

Incidentally, this is also the wrong day to read the Newsweek "Letters from Iraq" issue.

December Quinn said...

This is so, so awful. There's been an epidemic of shootings and stabbings in London in the last couple of months, and now this...

The Ben said...

It's horrible no matter who was killed, or that anyone has to suffer through this madness at all. But for the carnage to include Michael Bishop's son, that magnifies the tragedy so much further.

Whatever the motive turns out to be, it will not make any sense at all.

resurrectedwarrior said...

Oh G-d. This whole thing is terrible. I'm still in shock about it all.

The Beautiful Schoolmarm said...

This terrifies me. Even though my school is very small and rural, we had two gun incidents (no shots fired, thank God) last year. When I saw the papers today, my whole body went cold.

On days like today, I even consider leaving the profession. Some maniac or angry student could leave my baby daughter motherless.

Livia Llewellyn said...

Alex Wilson posted a very moving tribute to him, right here:

http://alexotica.livejournal.com/114955.html

Cheryl DuCoin said...

I am also very saddened at the shootings in Virginia. I wish that we as Americans could do something about escalating violent behavior in our young people. Our movies and video games are atrociously crammed with murder and mayhem.

I agree with The Beautiful Schoolmarm. Schools are becoming violent. I taught 8th grade English for only one year. There were several occurances when I feared for my life and the safety of my students. My husband was adamant that I quit. (I agreed with him.)

Now, I teach private piano students and am much happier and feel safe.

I wish schools could have mandatory classes on life skills--especially how to deal with anger.

Cheryl DuCoin

Cheryl DuCoin said...

I am also saddened at the shooting in Virginia. I agree with The Beautiful Schoolmarm-- schools have become very violent.

I taught 8th grade English. On several occasions, I feared for my life and the safety of my students. My husband was adamant that I quit and I agreed with him.

I wish that all schools would have a mandatory class in life skills--especially dealing with anger.

Cheryl DuCoin

The Beautiful Schoolmarm said...

Cheryl,

My previous school, which was in Texas and had problems with gangs, had a class that involved dealing with anger as well as things like interview skills, and volunteering in the community was a requirment for the class. It was an incredible program, mainly because a very upbeat, energetic woman taught it. I've often wished that my current school had a similar program.

Sheila said...

Virginia Tech family members across the country have united to declare this Friday, April 20th, an "Orange and Maroon Effect" day to honor those killed in the tragic events on campus Monday, and to show support for Virginia Tech students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and friends. "Orange and Maroon Effect" was born several years ago as an invitation to Tech fans to wear orange and maroon to Virginia Tech athletic events. We invite everyone from all over the country to be a part of the Virginia Tech family this Friday, to wear orange and maroon to support the families of those who were lost, and to support the school and community we all love so much.

Contessa008 said...

I just sent in something that you wanted to see, I dont know if thr slush pile includes that stuff, because if it does I wont be home to get your e-mail and will be very nervous all throughout the month I am away, and thats no fun! Hope I get an e-mail soon!