Monday, April 16, 2007

Today's Shootings

As some of you know, I teach at Virginia Tech. I was on my way to class today when I almost walked into a cordon of police cars blocking off access to much of the upper campus. I went back to my office, where my colleagues and I tried to glean information from news bulletins, e-mails from the University Relations office, and streaming video. The police let us out at noon, and I went home.

A quick thank you to everyone who has checked in. I'm fine, and am currently trying to account for all my students.

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  • I'm glad you're safe.

    This is Ian MacFarlane, by the way. I forgot to mention that in my last comment.

    By Blogger tokenscot, At April 16, 2007 at 2:23 PM  

  • Glad to hear you're OK...terrible news tho'

    By Blogger Claudia, At April 16, 2007 at 2:50 PM  

  • So glad you're ok!!!!!!

    By Blogger Odat, At April 16, 2007 at 2:59 PM  

  • My goodness. I am so new to you that I didn't even know how connected you were with the shootings. I am relieved to hear you're safe and do pray that all your students are as well. I only saw the news in passing so I really don't know much about what happened. Blogging does make the world so much more smaller, and widens our perspectives so much.

    By Blogger Danielle, At April 16, 2007 at 3:16 PM  

  • Ian-
    I'm glad to know it's you! Yeah, everything's okay here. About half of my kids have checked in.

    Yeah--I was just reading a CNN feed. One of the kids it quoted was on the way to my class when the police coralled him and sent him home. We're all a little shaken up.

    Thank you so much for checking in!

    Thanks for your prayers!

    By Blogger Crankster, At April 16, 2007 at 3:42 PM  

  • Glad to hear you're okay. I'm glued to CNN.

    By Blogger mist1, At April 16, 2007 at 3:49 PM  

  • Ive only just found out!! Jesus H Cranky So glad you are alright - my prayers are with you and your collegues and students..

    By Blogger Judith, At April 16, 2007 at 4:18 PM  

  • Holy Crap!

    This guy must have needed some extra space...

    Yeah for guns!!

    And condolences to your entire community.

    By Blogger Scott from Oregon, At April 16, 2007 at 4:45 PM  

  • I'm really glad you're ok. Take care, man.

    By Anonymous Fredwardly, At April 16, 2007 at 5:12 PM  

  • Fuck me! What horrific news - you must be so shocked but thank God you are safe. Extraordinary in light of our recent discussion about firearms.


    By Blogger Glamourpuss, At April 16, 2007 at 5:13 PM  

  • Mist-
    Me, too. Thanks for the warm thoughts.

    I'm fine. I've located most of my students, and they seem to be traumatized, but okay.

    Crowding in action, huh?

    I'm seriously rethinking the second amendment, particularly in light of Bush's response to this disaster.

    Thanks. I'm fine.

    I'm still trying to deal with the enormity of this. Guns are pretty scary to me right now.

    By Blogger Crankster, At April 16, 2007 at 5:25 PM  

  • First glad you are safe and sound. You and the students there will have and do have the thoughts and prayers of so many of us. You have mine, praying all your students are safe right now.

    By Blogger Simply Hollie, At April 16, 2007 at 5:32 PM  

  • Glad to hear you're alright. I'm doing ok, but still pretty shocked.

    By Blogger Will, At April 16, 2007 at 5:48 PM  

  • Hugs. You've had a hard day.

    By Blogger Deb, At April 16, 2007 at 6:57 PM  

  • Simply Hollie-
    Thank you so much for your concern and your prayers. I've heard from all but twelve of my students.

    Glad to hear that you're okay, too! All your friends present and accounted for?

    Thanks. I really appreciate it.

    By Blogger Crankster, At April 16, 2007 at 7:29 PM  

  • Wow, what a day. I'm so sorry you have to endure something like this. Glad you're alright and hope you hear from the rest of your students.

    By Blogger monicker, At April 16, 2007 at 8:57 PM  

  • Yeah, as far as I know, all of my friends are safe. Hear from all of your students yet?

    By Blogger Will, At April 16, 2007 at 9:57 PM  

  • What a sad day. Glad you are OK.

    By Anonymous Neil, At April 16, 2007 at 10:03 PM  

  • I am sorry for your experience, and I am thrilled that it wasn't much worse.

    By Blogger The CEO, At April 17, 2007 at 12:40 AM  

  • i'm so glad you are safe... i'm still shocked by this. its so sad.

    my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. I tried calling you last night but couldn't get through.

    i'll try again today.

    take care

    omar (from dubai)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 17, 2007 at 4:23 AM  

  • Hang in there's going to be a rough road.

    By Blogger Lee, At April 17, 2007 at 9:17 AM  

  • I am so very glad that you are OK, and that your students seem to be too. Thank God. Such a hideous thing. My heart and my prayers go out to those who lost a loved one or friend, and to all of the other students, family and staff of Virginia Tech. You haven't met me yet, but here's a hug anyway from St. Louis: ((((you))))

    ~your wife's friend Stacey

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 17, 2007 at 11:23 AM  

  • I'm glad you're physically okay - I'm so sorry that your heart will have to deal with this tragedy. I don't really pray, but I'm sending good vibes! (((((crankyguy))))

    By Blogger jali, At April 17, 2007 at 1:18 PM  

  • When I found out where the shootings occured, my very first thought was of you and your students. I am heartbroken that events like this have to happen, but that it was at a sanctuary of learn makes it that much worse. As Jen said, "I wish there was something I could do to help."

    My thoughts are with you!

    By Anonymous Joey, At April 17, 2007 at 6:13 PM  

  • Thinking about all of you. Hope you can see V & G soon.


    By Blogger Clover, At April 17, 2007 at 6:21 PM  

  • I'm so glad that you are alright. My prayers to you, the faculty and your students

    By Blogger Let's Pretend, At April 17, 2007 at 8:30 PM  

  • You're in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there.

    By Blogger Lex, At April 17, 2007 at 10:08 PM  

  • Monicker and Will-
    I heard from my last student this evening. He went home and missed all the e-mails.

    Thank you so much.

    Thrilled is an odd word, but I feel the same way. I'm so glad that none of my students were among the victims.

    It's great to hear from you. I appreciate the warm thoughts, even if the phone lines aren't cooperating.

    Thank you so much.

    I've heard so much about you. Thank you for checking in, and for the warm hug.

    The vibes mean a lot. Thanks!

    I'm right there with you and Jinja. I'm confronting my own impotence on this matter. There just isn't anything for me to do, really.

    I'm leaving tomorrow. Thanks for the thoughts!

    Let's Pretend and Lex-
    Thank you both so much. The prayers mean a lot.

    By Blogger Crankster, At April 17, 2007 at 10:20 PM  

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