Hokies

I wanted to write a blog post yesterday about the V-Tech shootings.

It was in my head someplace, but didn’t want to come out.

It still doesn’t.

Tragedies like this always leave more questions than answers in their wake.

I like answers.

I like answers in my blog posts.

I like answers in life.

It is obvious, however, that there were clues.

Angry, violent, graphic writings.

Stalking women.

Clearly these are warning signs.

But, what can you do?

I bet that if you search your memory, you can think of a few people in your past that you’d describe as an “angry loner.”

People in your dorm. People in your classes. Hell, even people in your family.

How did you handle it?

You avoided them, right?

I would have.

I did.

What can you do?

Are you going to give them advice?

They are loners. They don’t want to talk to you.

Or they won’t talk to you, at least.

Besides, what would you say?

“Hey, stoked about the new book Tolkien’s son is putting out? And, by the way, you are monumentally fucked and need some serious counseling.”

You could tell an RA or some authority figure.

But, in this case, it sounds like he had been given counseling.

Or had it forced upon him.

The police were even involved.

I suppose you can’t arrest someone for their potential for committing crime.

Do you just hope that their first punishable act is a relatively minor one?

While I despise the horribly evil and cowardly act, I can’t help but feel a little pity for the perpetrator.

A little.

I also feel a little anger towards his family. A group that I know nothing about.

Shouldn’t they have seen the signs?

Wouldn’t they have known him best?

But, they too are suffering today.

And will for a long time.

Who do we blame?

Should we be blaming?

Tragedies like this always leave more questions than answers in their wake.

But, if we don’t keep asking them, will we eventually accept this type of event as normal?

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