Sadly, some of these reforms are more difficult to replicate in our own communities, as shown by shootings in which the perpetrator was a person who showed signs of problems but slipped through the system for any number of reasons.Likewise, even with the increased awareness and strategies that have emerged since Virginia Tech, safety depends on vigilance and everyone doing their part.
Sadly, some of these reforms are more difficult to replicate in our own communities, as shown by shootings in which the perpetrator was a person who showed signs of problems but slipped through the system for any number of reasons.
In my book, I quote a Virginia mental health official advising his colleagues, "Don’t become complacent …
and don’t forget that the eyes of the world are now on you all the time." Q: How has Virginia Tech (the university) balanced the need to memorialize the dead, and to promote the normal functioning of a large university?
A: The safety and well-being of everyone in the campus community must be a priority.
Universities should examine their complex systems to ensure they are responsive to the needs of students, faculty and staff -- and families. It needs to be tended and the product of communication with all involved.
A timely notice when there is a threat -- which was delayed at Virginia Tech -- would now seem to be a given.
Likewise, the establishment of threat-assessment teams gives colleges and universities an organized way to intervene before a problem becomes an emergency.
When I was completing my book, I was amazed to find that I had snapped a picture of the MSD tribute when it was on display for the 10th anniversary memorial weekend at Tech, a year before the Parkland shootings.
Amid the deep sorrow at Virginia Tech, the many questions of accountability would make any immediate recovery even more difficult. But I think the dignity, love and determination of the survivors have buoyed the Tech community.
On April 16, 2007, a gunman murdered 32 students and professors at Virginia Tech.
Other mass shootings (including on college campuses) have followed, but the words "Virginia Tech" evoke a particular sense of the shock of what happened there in 2007.