Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Questions from Blacksburg
It just hit me. After nearly 24 hours of confusion, chaos and charging hard to get here and report, the gravity of what happened at Virginia Tech is starting to sink in. Journalists are not supposed to show their emotions, but in this case, how can you not? 32 innocent lives, snuffed out in fit of rage. Sisters, sons, sweathearts. Gone. What a waste.
I've done stories with ER docs about what happens in times of crisis. It's not chaos as is often portrayed on TV. It's actually more like an intricate dance. Everyone knows his or her part. Folks we've talked to say the emergency response here was top notch. I am sure the families and friends of the survivors are grateful to know that.
I was in Oregon in 1998 when Kip Kinkel, then 15, killed his parents and then opened fire at his school. At the time I couldn't help but wonder, why do people commit such horrible crimes? Are some people "evil," or are such crimes the result of mental illness? Is there another explanation? Or no explanation? I'd like to know what you think.
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