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Apr. 16th, 2007


Tears run as the death count climbs.  Currently 32 are dead. 

I cannot begin to describe the pain that runs through me now.  The anger, loss, and the unknown.

The only thing I do know is that a list awaits.  A list in which may include a friend or several.  A list of passion, dreams, aspirations of life and hope-- suddenly gone. 

Time has suspended. 

I look at Foxnew's website to see pictures of the dead being carried out of Norris hall.  I feel removed, like this isn't happening here right now.  It is on the news someplace far away, and I can just turn off the TV to make it go away.

My friends could be dead.  Tears continue.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
PLEASE CALL CBC
Hi This is Falice Chin from CBC Newsworld. We are looking for witnesses right now for live phone interviews. Please call me 403-521-6038 ASAP THANKS!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: PLEASE CALL CBC
Please let us exploit your grief. ASAP THANKS!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: PLEASE CALL CBC
how cold and insensitive is the news when it posts comments on a blog asking for on the spot reporting! CBC you should be ashamed of yourself, I would expect this from a crass insensitive CNN or FOX news station, but for a Canadian news station. *tisk tisk tisk*

CBC I hope this isn't how all your news people find and report news... who's to say some random person doesn't call that number and spoof a report? Ever heard of the Onion or Fark?

It's a tragedy but someone who's an insensitive prick definitely would see this as an opportunity to hand your sucky news research ass back to you.....
(Anonymous)
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: PLEASE CALL CBC
Leave the kid alone Phallus.
forever_damned
Apr. 17th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)
Re: PLEASE CALL CBC
Absolutely pathetic.

Fuck off you leech.
aemilia_rose
Apr. 16th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oh my word. *HUGS* Please keep all of us updated! This is so incredibly frightening. I want to make sure you all are okay!

Oh my word. Oh my WORD!
laurasmagicday
Apr. 16th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
Hang in there....My daughter is your age. I wept on the way into the newsroom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Turn off the TV and hold your friends close. Prayers from California.....
avitrano
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
MTV News/VT
Hi--I work for MTV News and we're sending two crews down to VT. They'll be interviewing students and other people affected by the tragedy. We'd be grateful if you or any of your friends would share your stories with our audience. Please contact me at alyssa.vitrano@mtvstaff.com if you'd be willing to talk to us. You guys are all in our thoughts.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Please let us exploit your grief. ASAP THANKS!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
cc'ing a correspondence to Alyssa Vitrano.
Hi Alyssa,
Hi all,

I saw your post on the livejournal from a local
student. Please help me slow down the bunk perspective
that this is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

I found references to the wounded knee massacre where
300+ americans were killed. It took me less than a
half hour to find that and I didn't feel the need to
search any deeper but I bet there are a handful of
others. There is no doubt that this is a staggering
tragedy. I can't even begin to check in with what I
feel besides shock, etc., but each time I see members
of the corporate media sensationalize this looking
for how it might be the newest, biggest, worst, holiest,
most sublime, I just want to vomit.

Please help me spread some calm, ok?

Thank you.

marco
timothypilgrim
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: cc'ing a correspondence to Alyssa Vitrano.
But who do you know was alive at Wounded Knee? This is history in the making, here and now. Yes the press are vultures jumping on the next big story, but this kid has the rare position to be able to write about a situation he's currently experiencing himself. He can provide, through his blog here, a perspective that the journalists wish they could. This is the new media of journalism, grassroots, everyman.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: cc'ing a correspondence to Alyssa Vitrano.
Hi, Timnothy.
I'm one of those press vultures. :-)
You made a great comment here. Would you mind if I talked with you?
alex.pham (at) latimes (dt) com
or 858-551-2899
roadwork_ahead
Apr. 17th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
Re: MTV News/VT
This is sickening - leave those alone to deal with aftermath without exploiting them!
yakmilk
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this in realtime.

Bless you.

timothypilgrim
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Talk To Us
Keep writing NTCoolFool. Everyone is watching your blog.
arynna
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
I know I keep saying this, but I'm incredibly relieved that you're ok. I miss you, and don't forget to call me later once all these news networks are through with you.
heroicraptor
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
love
If VT weren't six hours away, I'd be there.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
love
If VT weren't six hours away, I'd be there.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I just read the comments and I can't believe you are having to put up with the news agencies hounding you. I am so very sorry for everything you are going through. I hope you find your friends are in fact safe. I am also really hoping you are not alone right now. I don't know but I think at a time like this you should be with a friend. Take care.
nootherone
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know you, or anyone at VT, but I think this is... unthinkable. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Your Tragedy
I can't even imagine the grief and shock you are experiencing with the death of so many students and perhaps friends. As a former Director of Security at a large university here in Canada, I can only imagine the pain you and the other students are experiencing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends.
tenderberry
Apr. 16th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
my thoughts and prayers are with you - there are no adequate words for this insanity
(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
I have no idea who you are but if you believe in prayer, my prayers are with you and your friends.
jkandy626
Apr. 17th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
i hope none of your friends are hurt. i am waiting for that list too, i fear i know people who might be hurt as well.
winterhart
Apr. 17th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
I hope you don't know anyone who died...
but if you do... have a *virtual hug* from a complete stranger...

pretty_fits
Apr. 17th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
I hope your friends are alright and unharmed.
jumpin4jmu
Apr. 17th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
I know that everyone here at JMU has you and the whole campus in our thoughts and prayers. We are behind you every step of the way.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 17th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Hugs, prayers, and more hugs.
Hey, I just wanted you to know that I'm praying for you. I am truly shocked and horrified by todays events, and I hope that your friends are okay. *hugs*

I am also ticked by the nerve that those reporters had, to ask you for an interveiw. That is sick.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 17th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
Re: Hugs, prayers, and more hugs.
Well, I have to comment on all this press stuff. How else are the people around the nation supposed to know what's going on? That's exactly what the press is for. And the right information to gather is from the people closest to what was happening. Or would you rather get your news from carefully crafted PR people talking on behalf of government agencies, whose desire is to manage and massage the news for public consumption? No, we should get our information direct and from the actual people involved. That's how the press work. I'm not from the press. I'm part of the public and I expect to get raw information not carefully managed PR people giving out the standard line from governmental agencies. I hope you realize the value of a free press and the ability to talk to anyone, and especially those close to some news that is happening.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
I actually didn't see this blog on the news, I found it when you posted the video on youtube. Because I was looking for something less...newsy I guess. I wanted actual facts that could get jumbled up in the media. I used to have an lj account but I canceled it awhile ago. I live in Illinois and I heard the news and I actually have a friend who attends VA Tech herself. She's safe, thank the Lord, but I find myself disgusted at the fact that they took 3 hours to take action. I'm incredibly sorry for the tragedy that hit you guys, I'm a 20 yr old student at Black Hawk College and this story just really hit me hard due to the fact that it's kids my age and can happen anywhere anytime. I'll be praying that all of your friends and relatives are safe. You don't have to reply to this as I see you have an overwelming amount of comments on here, but if you feel you should you can reach me at www.myspace.com/themanduhz

-Amanda
alfair11
Apr. 18th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
VT
I visited Blacksburg, for a week, years ago when two friends taught at VT, one in engineering, the other in journalism. That is the only connection I have, but a connection none the less.

I truly wish that I could be there to put my arms around all of you and hold you close and safe while you cry out your sorrow, your fears and your pain. Please know that my heart is wrapped around you, my thoughts are with you and my prayers are for you.

I am here for you.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 18th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
should i feel guilty for having read your blog? As a former blogger here myself, I have mixed emotions. The one thing I know is that journalists should not forget their humanity in search of a story. The same people are being interviewed over and over again. They are not objects, you are not an object - of our pity, of our anger, of our sadness. You are a human being apart from our own emotions. Our own feelings have nothing to do with you, if only that we join with you for a fleeting moment and then remember that we can go on with our lives unscathed. I am sorry for your loss, but I will not lie to you and say that I know what you are feeling or that I can join with you in your pain. Your pain is a story that you will have to tell in your own time. Not when I tell you to speak it. And not when a journalist comes calling. Be brave. But be true to yourself. You are larger than this tragedy, and larger than any media character that a journalist would turn you into.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 21st, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Hugs
I am a student at Santa Barbara City College and I just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you guys and are praying for you all. I can't imagine what you are all going through but I think it's really good you are doing this blog. Stay safe!
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