As of 2:20 pm, the Virginia Tech shooting death toll stands at 32, according to MSNBC TV.
I typically donâ€™t jump into the second guessing fray until I have immersed myself in facts and commentary from opinion makers whom I respect. But I am too damned bothered by one thing about this shooting: the first shooting occurred just after 7:00 am â€“ the second shooting occurred after 9:00 am in a building where classes were being held. Why the hell was the campus conducting business as usual two hours after the initial shooting?
This is unconscionable. I donâ€™t care how bad communication is on any university campus. After the first shooting, the area should have been flooded with law enforcement and a strong official presence should have made everyone acutely aware something wasnâ€™t right. No one on campus should have been oblivious to fact the campus was a hot zone, even if specifics of a loose gunman could not be effectively communicated.
Perhaps Iâ€™ve been around Boston too long and I expect big reactions to even the smallest potential dangers. From the months after 9/11, to the anthrax scares, to Red Sox/Patriots â€œriotsâ€, to the weekly news helicopter flights over Dorchester, and yes, the Mooninite fiasco, Iâ€™ve seen enough official reactions to expect that if a student is shot at my own UMass Boston or any Boston-area college, the school will be inundated by law enforcement and emergency response. I wonâ€™t dare say the Blacksburg massacre couldnâ€™t happen here, but I am confident that business as usual would be disrupted and we students would not be at our 9:30 am classes after a 7:00 am shooting.
This time gap question is eating at me; I truly feel for the decision makers at Virginia Tech who are going to second guess themselves for the rest of their lives. This is horrible