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Yes, I am okay.

This has been a ridiculous morning. I was watching TV before my class this morning when my roommate came back from campus and told me not to go, and to turn on the news. Originally it was 1-2 victims, then 2-3, then 7-8. That's when I had to just stop watching for a while and went MIA to try and get it off my mind. I came back, and there's 30+ people dead and many in the hospital.

It's hard man. I can only imagine what victims and their families are going through right now. All the phone calls I've had asking if I was okay today were great, but each one just reminded me how it could have been any of my friends in there, or any of my little sister's friends in there. It's tough thinking over things like that. All day long all I've been able to think about is how much I wish I could take that pain for other people, how I wish I was able to protect the people I love at all times, and instead this is a cruel reminder how that's not possible.

Some of my best friends now lived in WAJ, and I just keep remembering going over to their dorms to kill time and hang out. And it makes me wonder if I was there when it happened, would I be able to stop this?

It's been a long day of soul-searching for a lot of my friends and me. How does shit like this happen? How was someone capable of such a thing one of our comrades? And honestly I am pissed off at the school right now. They had over 2 hours before the second shooting to close down campus, warn people, cancel classes, and they didn't. 2 kids were killed in a dorm, the shooter runs loose, and the administration just continues the day like nothing happened? Why did all those people in the second shooting have to die?

I know a lot of you guys are religious, I'd just ask that you pray for the families and students of the school and also for the faculty here and the administration, to give them wisdom and courage to act in the interest of the students. And also like someone else said, even for the family of the shooter. They lost a son today, and I doubt they ever thought he was capable of something like this or even knew about whatever demons were chasing him.
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princessdavida From: princessdavida Date: April 16th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


if you need anything fella, for you or friends: we have a couch that is always available. i can also help coordinate transportation
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


if you need anything fella, for you or friends: we have a couch that is always available. i can also help coordinate transportation
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Boo hoo hoo.

More than 500,000 innocent Iraqi civilians have been killed in George Bush's illegal war in Iraq, and here you go whining about 32 dumb college students. Boo hoo hoo.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Boo hoo hoo.

insensitive git. Your insinuating that these 32 lives are worth less than those who die in Iraq. That is not the point of this post. Grief is grief.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Boo hoo hoo.

No reason to argue with this post. This person is clearly a miserable creature. Ugh.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 18th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Boo hoo hoo.

How can you be so stupid
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 20th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Boo hoo hoo.

strange thing about this hateful comment is, no credible antiwar person feels this way. life is life. i'm so sorry and my thoughts are with you.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Boo hoo hoo.

It's human nature to mourn over people that are close to you and for people that you know. I watch the news and hear about killings all the time and I do feel saddened by it, but I don't feel it as much as I would feel it if it were someone in my family. So the people that have died in Iraq, yes it's sad but most people won't go writing about it. But when someone that you know personally dies, then yes you mourn and you mourn deeply. I am so sorry Cody about all you and your friends have went through. My prayers are with you all.
~Stacie in Georgia
bubbacub From: bubbacub Date: April 17th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear you're okay. :-( My thoughts and prayers are definitely with you, everyone in the Va Tech community, and especially the families of those impacted by this senseless violence. Sorry for bothering you earlier today with a text message. Hugs.
From: hokiebear2000 Date: April 17th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to hear that you were okay.... I cannot even imagine the horror down there.

I didn't know if you were aware, but your post is quoted in the Washington Post:


scottsanp From: scottsanp Date: April 17th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Im soooo glad you blogged today. I was worried about you from the time I heard about the shootings. Glad to hear that you are physically OK...be patient while the emotional wounds heal. BIG HUGS!
otcub From: otcub Date: April 17th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear you are okay as well. I worried all day about you and your friends. Thanks for messaging me. If you need anything, let me know. I am still here for you. Thoughts and Prayers
From: the_midgetqueen Date: April 17th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Found you via Women of Color Blog

You and the others effected have all my prayers and best thoughts. *huge hugs* I wish there were more I could do than just offer consolation via the Internet, but I hope it's at least a small comfort that you don't have to go through this alone. You have support pouring in from all over the country and worldwide. We're behind you 100%.

All my best,
University of Southern Indiana student
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gaychristian From: gaychristian Date: April 17th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't normally read your journal but I found it by reading "The Washington Post." I want you to know that you, the students, the teachers, the family and friends of Virginia Tech are in my thoughts as well as prayers. Please know that the whole country is holding you all in our thoughts. Peace to you all.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi man,

I'm a 20 year-old French student living in Dijon, France, and I would like to tell you how shocked I am concerning what happened on the campus. I felt the same way when I first heard of Columbine, Colorado, and I would like to tell you that even though we are not even close to the scene, we're close to you and my feelings go to the families who lost their relatives as well.
Of course you'll never forget what happened, but remember that everything which doesn't kill you makes you stronger and I hope your pain gets less terrible as you know the whole world is supporting you and the others.

Keep it up, and take care of yourself.

square_dancer From: square_dancer Date: April 17th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)


Hey, we don't know eachother, found your lj from the washington post article. Just wanted to let someone out there at VT know that kids here in Arkansas (in the country, just like you guys) are talking about this and keeping you all in our thoughts.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)


hey i'm french, i don't know how to say my condoleances in english so i say it in an official language : R.I.P

and in french :

"Toutes mes condoléances aux familles et aux victimes."

anonym-krtl@hotmail.fr (my msn if u want to discuss ^^)
From: kingston_dom Date: April 17th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm sorry

I am from Kingston University in England. It hurt be badly when I saw this on the news, my thoughts are with you, my families and my friends are with you and I know every student in England feels your pain.

I don't know what else to say,

From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


I don't go to your school, hell I don't even live in the same state. But I know what it's like to go through life and be in a place you think is safe, and find out that it's not. My little sister was at Columbine. I know what it is to be scared for loved ones. Blood or otherwise. I'm glad you're okay. I hope things settle down for you, for all of you at VT, and that you all can start to heal.

May the God and Goddess bless you and yours.

away4metobleed From: away4metobleed Date: April 17th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *Cough*

Durrr, I have an LJ, I'm sorry. At school, trying to do a paper and this... Sorry, I'm slow....

From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just wanted to send warm prayers and thoughts from a stranger in D.C. ....
umbra98 From: umbra98 Date: April 17th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Echos of support from another stranger in Seattle. Clicked over from the Washington Post. I can not begin to understand the grief. Nor will I try.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

just needing to reach out...

From Connecticut. We all here would like all of you there to know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The shock and horror of this has left us all feeling numb and in complete wonderment of how these types of tragedies continue to happen. We have so many questions but they are questions that we will be taking to our law makers. Knowing our own thoughts and feelings, we can only begin to imagine what all the people associated with VTech are going through. The healing will be a long time coming, for you, your friends and all the VTech students and staff as well as the rest of this country and quite possibly people through out the world. For us, this was a senseless tragedy, for Cho Seung-Hui it was despair unchecked and unreasoned with. He will now face the karma of his actions. I know this is little if no comfort to the friends and families of his victims but have faith that spiritual laws have already taken hold of his fate in the here-after. His victims are already being taken care of and peace and comfort is being brought to them as it will be with their friends and families if the comfort and healing is allowed in. May peace find it's way to everyone affected by yesterdays event as swiftly as possible.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 18th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)

The massacre in Virginia........the REAL truith

First I am sorry regarding the shootings but, the truith needs to be said and passed


there is one answer to why all these massacers happen only in this country

including columbine ect. that is the wide use of the anti depressent


money off these drugs)

I had a personal experience with this happening to a family member and

worked hard through emailing jounalist to get it out in the open. No one

wants to address this or refuses too. (The old anti depressents used for

50 years with no side affects such as "ant-tryptalines" ect are safe and

work with no such side affects and can be given wthout experimenting with our youth)

cheaper too.


When someones troubled like Joe, they go t o a (so called )doctor , they give them

prozac/paxal ect and them sent to a phychologist who is not aware or even

knows/cares nothing about side affects of this drug (mother kills all their children)

(father kills children and hangs himself) (massive school shootings)ect. and
writes down that this person is insane(this negative lable follows them the rest of

there lives) not based on actual facts (sick like a diabetic patient or any other

desease)but due to the psychiatric reaction to the drugs they give a person. (barbaric

like the profession it is)

Which makes you wonder who is the insane in the world?

It's a poorly educated system that
needs to re-evaluate the qualifications of there leaders and doctors psychologist ect.

..(Negatively based, yes business,not Love or spriritually based healing) just give them

and everybody a pill!!!! (diabetics can stop eating carbs and we all can benefit by

natural healing and suppliments)of course they are not responsible as they don't want

to get sued and lose their enormous salarys.

"The medical and pharmasutical companys run the nation!!! and need to be changed."



....LIKE THEY sorta DID WITH 9-11, still people only want to live in there safe little

bubble world and don't rock the boat or their salaries.

You all can ask WHY? this troubled youth (in his transition to american culture..not

easy) did this and blame him but untill WE all take responsiblility for it, NOTHING

will ever happen.

I know most people have bought in to the system and like it the way it is , but anyone

who is interested in changing it and knows where to send a email and get the word out,

please post one or spread it yourself. .....who know your kid may be next!!!!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 18th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The massacre in Virginia........the REAL truith

You really need to take this rant to your law makers or the pharmaceutical companies where it belongs. It does not belong on the personal journal space of someone who is grieving the loss of his fellow alumni.
Instead of being the messenger of your or someone else's so called "truth", try being a compassionate human being first and offer condolences not soap box denouncing. If you truly want to be "heard" then take it to the media. If they feel your "truth" has substance then they will give you the platform you seek. If you truly care, you'll come back and offer some kind words of condolence and express your sorrow that these kids and faculty members were lost to their family and friends in a very tragic way.
angrytrucker17 From: angrytrucker17 Date: April 18th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Found you through the Washington Post and I just want you to know that UConn's thinking of you.

We want to help too. If you can think of any way we could help you guys out, please don't hesitate to pass along any ideas.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 18th, 2007 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)


there are no words to describe the sorrow, but my heart grieves for you and your VA Tech family. prayers and thought are with y'all
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)

My sympathies....but a question also.

I don't know how to ask this without it sounding really insensitive, so please realize that it's not my intention.

Why didn't the students tackle the guy instead of waiting to be shot? Isn't that essentially what the folks on Flight 93 did to the terrorists on 9/11? I really don't understand doing nothing, especially since taking action might result in fewer deaths. The worst that might happen is that you might be killed, but that'll likely happen anyway if you do nothing.

swift535 From: swift535 Date: April 19th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: My sympathies....but a question also.

I think its easy to imagine how we would handle these situations without being forced into them.

For one, the students were all in desks that would limit their ability to move quickly, and are several feet from the door where the shooter entered. These poor people were also given seconds to react, if that. The actions of the brave people on Flight 93 were indeed courageous, but these students didn't have any time to come up with a plan of action.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 20th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: My sympathies....but a question also.

well it is an insensitive question. think about the massive force the police brought to answer this lone gunman... the FBI... were they cowardly too? were they even pussy enough to wear bullet-proof vests and carry weapons of their own?

comparing it to flt 93 - jesus christ. wake up. that's really horrible.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 20th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Livin on the Edge

I thought about this act.
It appeared to be an act of Premeditative Mass Murder in which the murderer who operated out of the Iranian State run Religion which began with Ayatola Khomeni that appears to have also murdered themself. It was held on the annual anniversary of Holocost Day a day to remember 60 million Jewish murders. Also day being expunged from college history textbooks held in academia curriculums for Muslim populations at the present time throughout the world.
The college professor who helped his pupils to escape the terrorist was a college professor who survived the Holocost - though was probably targeted by Iran's Fundamentalist Islamic groups for $$$. It's terrorism in my View not a case of the Wrong place at the wrong time at all Mr Bush. I Love America

Posted by: ifcj | April 19, 2007 10:15 PM

From: (Anonymous) Date: April 20th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)

more monsters to come

Unfortunately, this all could have been prevented if someone who came across Cho's path in life would have taken a moment to notice him and his pain. It obviously started long ago in High School. He was made fun of for taking funny; he was made fun of because he was different. He was told to "go back to China". Of course what he did was wrong and evil, but what led to creating the person that could do this was also wrong and evil. Kids and school administrators alike do not care about people that are disturbed, their labeled and cast aside; told to seek mental help, when all that was needed (cumulatively) was love, acceptance, genuine concern, perhaps someone inviting this lonely man into their home for dinner, or to church to join them for service but instead he was pushed aside and made to feel ashamed and alone. Our society cares only about itself. I see it more and more each day. People treat others with no dignity, respect or concern. I went through what he did when I was in high school and it scard me for life. I still have trouble with socializing, learning, and everything else. The difference is that I wouldn’t murder someone, but I can’t understand how those that had it worse than I could fall into deep despair. This will only continue and possibly get worse as society gets even more self-centered.
love_xx_letters From: love_xx_letters Date: April 21st, 2007 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone involved of effected by this. I wore a ribbon with your colors today. May you all stay strong.

Jenn from New York
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