Virginia Tech hits pretty close to home. It’s less than two hours from where we were. All the professionals I knew were either Cavaliers (from UVA, and less common in our area) or Hokies (from VTech.) Several of our friends at SVU that left when we did went on down to Virginia Tech for more school.
Really, though, something of this magnitude hits everyone, whether they have connections specifically to the location or not. These kinds of random attacks could be anywhere and anyone.
As soon as we learned that the worst attack happened Of course I got thinking about other attacks over the years. In the US, anyway, it started with the Texas Tower Sniper, in 1966. There’s the Montreal Massacre in 1989 and the Concordia massacre in 1992. Yes there are others, but these came to mind first. What is the common link between all of these events? Well Whitman, the sniper in Texas, was an engineering student. In both Canadian events the victims were engineering students, and the VTech event included the engineering building.
My husband and I both said, in amazement, as we watched the news last night, “what’s with engineers?” If I was an alarmist I’d talk my brother out of his engineering studies next year, but I’m not. Bad things can happen anywhere. We just need to teach our children pro-social behaviours, and hug them extra tightly before we send them off into the world. And we need to pray for all those who are in pain.