It’s with incredible sorrow that I typed that headline just now. 20 students were killed this morning in a horrific tragedy the likes of which has never struck a university. Details are still coming out this afternoon as to how this happened. Currently the VT site reads:
Two shootings on campus today have left 22 confirmed dead, including students.
Families wishing to reunite with students are suggested to meet at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The university is planning a convocation for tomorrow at noon at Cassell Coliseum for the university community to come together to begin to deal with the tragedy.
Counseling is available in the Bowman Room in the Merriman Center (part of the athletic complex) for employees who seek assistance following today’s events.
All faculty and staff have been released and asked to go home effective immediately.
The university will open tomorrow at 8 a.m. but classes are cancelled.
My heart goes out to all those in Blacksburg today. I’ve been unable to reach via electronic means anyone down at the main campus, and I suspect that with the volume of response and the size of the campus, their main server is overloaded.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs