Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Shooting rampage in US college

As I write this, my heart is pounding, my mouth is dry, and my hair is standing on end.

Thirty-three people dead in a shooting rampage in Virginia Tech. And that's where my friend and former student Roy Patrick Tan is taking up his post-graduate degree.

I was in a panic. No cellphone number, no landline, no instant messenger. I couldn't even remember his email address. So I did the only thing I could do: head over to his blog.

Thank goodness, he's safe. All Filipino students are also accounted for.

Regardless, I'm still a bundle of nerves. Scary.

How did I find out? CNN? No. BBC? No. TV? Haven't even turned it on yet. Answer: Slashdot.

And that's commentary on how the Net -- and blogs -- has changed our way of living. More on that when I'm not so as wired (no pun intended.)


  1. I just received an e-mail from my campus helpdesk about this.

  2. I've been in Virginia Tech for almost 7 years now and it's a wonderful place, it is almost incomprehensible that this can happen here.

    Been obsessively watching TV coverage... good thing I wasn't on campus at the time.

  3. good thing something like this hasnt (yet) happened in the philippines. sure most of us are hungry and most of us are homeless and there are probably tens and thousands of reasons for some college kid (or anyone for that matter) to load a gun and go on a happy spree---but it hasn't been done (i add 'yet' yet again)

  4. oh also...please visit me at http://lizette.i.ph I'd love to hear from you! ^_^

  5. homelessness and lack of food isn't the cause of this sort of violence.In most cases, it comes from members of the privileged class who are essentially aimless souls.

  6. Roy: glad to hear you're safe. Well, I guess you never really know the day or the hour. My prayers go to all those who lost loved ones. Heart-wrenching to think what the parents must feel.

    Liz: at the same time, we shouldn't be blind to the things that happen here. You can get killed by the military for being a leftist, by a robber for your cellphone, or by a drinking buddy for singing "My Way" off-key. Of course, we might pride our bus hostage situations for being the most incredible in the world.

  7. Robert: yeah, sad to hear that some folks already have so much (compared with others) and yet still feel so empty inside...and it leads to this.

  8. Scary.... and im glad your friend was fine..

    but still yeah.. the thought of having someone you know at that place.. and the possibility.. tsk...