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Tech Students React To Tragedy

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

April 18, 2007

We talked to students on campus as many prepared to go home, getting their reactions to the tragedy they are now all dealing with.

"I understand he had encounters, but there really are only a few things that you can do that would get you expelled or suspended from the university," said Sam Wozniak, a Virginia Tech sophomore.

According to the VT office of student affairs, things like drug use, plagiarism and bad grades are grounds for suspension.

"Who would predict that somebody unstable like this would go on a rampage, when his professors tried to get him into counseling, the Cook Counseling Center over here," said Wozniak.

"No one knows that a stalker, or a guy following a girl, will turn into a guy, you know, killing a lot of people," said Ryan Knicely, a Virginia Tech sophomore.

Even though the majority of students feel terrible about the shootings, most everyone we talked to say there probably was not a way to stop it.

"I think it's farfetched to try and see this coming, because I don't think you could have," said Andrew Hemby, a Virginia Tech sophomore.

As the campus empties out for the second time this week, students think the massacre was at the hands of one student with a problem, not a problem the university could have stopped.

"There are people who do shady things, and most of it goes unreported, and you don't worry about it. I think it's ridiculous that you could have spotted something like this out of something like that," said Hemby.

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