Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The Situation Online: Cho search warrant
Searching Cho's dorm
We're learning more details about what authorities found in Cho Seung-Hui's dorm room from a search warrant executed by police the night of the Virginia Tech shootings. Among the items seized from the room: a chain, a pad lock, assorted documents, and Cho's computer. Read the search warrant for yourself here
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Cafferty: Reacting to the VT massacre
"The Cafferty File": Missing in W.H.?
.How should college campuses react to the Virginia Tech massacre?
I am a junior at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. Like many other college students around America, the events that happened at Virginia Tech hit close to home. There was a beef-up in campus security and counseling was offered for some students who were scared of the chance similar events would occur. -Ron, Corpus Christi, Texas
Other colleges should look at what has happened at VT and find a way to make some kind of a procedure. Many if not all high schools have a plan for if a shooting happens. Colleges should also have one! -Laurie, King George, Virginia
Jack, As a professor, my greatest fear is overreaction. We tend to do nothing until something bad happens and then we do way too much. We all need to take a deep breath and study what has happened and then when we need to decide on a course of action. -Michael, De Kalb, Illinois
The problem is not closing down campuses or upgrading security, the problem is that mass email is an unacceptable way to notify thousands of students about a shooting and give instructions. We need to incorporate a better system like text messaging or calling students, what they do after that is their own agenda but you cannot blame a student for not listening to something he hasn't been told. -JordanWhat can other states learn from the mass murders in Virginia?
The lesson we all should learn is the absolute need for a long "cooling off" period... two to three weeks minimum, for every citizen. -Skip, Fulton, Texas
To assert that our campuses would be safer if we allowed our students to carry guns is ludicrous. Do you honestly believe that students should carry guns to class? While there is an off chance someone at Virginia Tech may have been armed yesterday and may have been able to stop this mad man, there is a much greater likelihood that it would lead to more campus violence on a regular basis. -Bret, Lombard, Illinois
These psychopaths always seem to be able to find the gun free zones when looking for helpless targets. How many would have died if several of those students or teachers had been armed. I dare say only 2 or 3, one of those being the shooter. These animals will always find a way to violate the law, don't take away my right to defend myself and my loved ones. The police can't be everywhere. -BrianHow would you rate Virginia Tech's response to yesterday's shootings?
Unfortunately, we always react this way and we shouldn't. Any time there is a crisis, no matter how small, people need to be notified right away. Let them be the ones to decide whether or not to leave the area. Had the police alerted the students that someone was on the loose with a gun, perhaps some of those individuals would still be alive today. -Laurie, Wheaton, Illinois
I work at a university myself which is smaller than VT but still a large public university. How do you close off an entire campus from commuters and students? How do you actually put a campus in lockdown? The only sensible thing I have heard suggested is an outdoor warning system similar to weather warnings we receive in many cities. -Rhonda
With an armed killer on the loose, you close down, lock down, cancel everything and alert everyone any way you can. It's that simple, Jack. The school police and school administration made a very, very bad decision; whether it would have stopped the second set of events is undeterminable, but it could have. -Steve, Philadelphia
I think that the university, which after all is a place of higher education and not a defense compound, handled this terribly sad situation as well as could possibly have been expected. We should all offer them our prayers, not our Monday morning advice. -Tom
Monday, April 16, 2007
The Cafferty File: Campus Security
What impact will the Virginia Tech shooting have on future enrollment?
I'm a freshman student here at Virginia Tech, and I can safely say for myself that this will not affect my enrollment here. You got it right when you said it's one of the best engineering schools in the country, and I am proud to call this my school. In no way has this tarnished my view of Virginia Tech, and I will be sure to be here next semester. - Joseph, Blacksburg, Virginia
The shooting should have no effect on enrollment at Virginia Tech. It was the act of a deranged individual and certainly does not reflect the attitude, character, or safety of the beautiful small town of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech, or the southwest Virginia mountains. It will only have a negative effect if we let it and do not pull together to heal and learn from this tragic event. - Steve, Blacksburg, Virginia
I am currently attending the University of Kentucky and had plans to transfer to Virginia Tech. Even despite the recent shootings I still believe that the university is very safe and I will still consider with high interest the transfer. - Benjamin, Roanoke, Virginia
As a student at Virginia Tech, I can't begin to describe what we as students and a community have gone through today. Shock isn't a strong enough word. However, by no means should you or others believe we are discouraged as a student body. We are a strong, proud community, and this will not cause us to falter. It may take years to fully recover, but I feel confident speaking on behalf of all of us students, we will always be proud to be Hokies. - Joey, Blacksburg, VirginiaAre gun control laws likely to change in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting?
Gun control laws haven't changed in the wake of other shootings so this one won't be any different. Like the NRA says, guns don't kill people. People kill people. If a nut is going to kill, he'll find the means regardless of the law. - Mike, Charlotte, North Carolina
It will have no effect whatsoever. Gun ownership is simply too rooted in American culture.- Lamar, Dallas, Texas
Gun control laws aren't the problem. Please tell me, what's the current ideal body count to get CNN's patented 24-hour Bloodstained Hallway Coverage? Dead-end, no-life psychos all over America will want to be sure they've murdered enough innocent people to have their death in a hail of police gunfire properly glamorized. - Dave, Ontario
Jack, you can't control stupid or crazy, but you can control the guns they use to destroy innocent lives. When is this country going to wake up and see that the only thing more harmful than this gunman is the NRA! - Tracey, Charlottesville, Virginia