Virginia Tech Shootings

 Posted by on 17 April 2007 at 7:07 am  Uncategorized
Apr 172007

When I heard of the horrible shooting at Virginia Tech yesterday morning, I was seriously worried for Shoshana Milgram. For those who might not recall, she’s a professor of English at Virginia Tech. So, for anyone else who might have worried about her, I’m happy to report that I’ve heard from her and that she’s unharmed.

However, anyone who works on a college campus ought to be extra alert for the next few months, as one such event often “inspires” others to do the same. From what I’ve read, studies have shown that high-profile suicides often result in a spike in the suicide rate. I’ve noticed the same kind of pattern in mass shootings in middle and high schools. Apparently, people contemplating such horrific action are often emboldened by the sight of others doing the same.

So please, be careful.

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