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Students Turn To Web During Crisis

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

April 17, 2007

Monday’s mayhem left students, friends and family looking for answers, and many of them found those answers using the Internet.

Madison Van Duyne, a Virginia Tech student said, “I think it would have been a hundred times to be sitting [in] a classroom not knowing anything. We had no television in our classroom and the Web just became our television.”

After the rampage, many were left wondering what had happened. Since access to the university website was not always available, overloaded with people trying to get on, students took it upon themselves to use the Internet to communicate, keeping the student newspaper website updated as well as using social networking sites like Facebook to find out if their loved ones were okay.

Kevin Cupp, another Virginia Tech student said, “I actually had people crowded around my laptop just to watch the news and the updates as they unfolded.”

And, for a generation all too familiar with technology, the Web may have provided answers to a lot of questions. But it will take a lot more to try to understand how something like this could have ever happened.

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