Many of you have probably seen from the news how there have been a couple of guys shooting people here on campus at VT. I just wanted to let everyone know that both Ina and I are ok, as are all of our friends. Its really a shame that something like this has to happen to a school like VT. The school is in a great area with great people both in the school and in the surrounding area. Personally, I think it's just bad luck that a couple of crazy people snapped and are giving the school a terrible reputation as a result. I would also like to point out that the police are doing a great job of controlling the situation and more importantly, VT has been going well out of their way to make sure everyone knows exactly what's going on.
This morning, I was on my way to school for my Advanced Small Animal Surgery final exam at 8 AM, when I passed by the Amber-Johnston dorm and saw a couple of ambulances and police cars on the grass outside the building. In fact, I even stopped to let one of the ambulances come off the grass and onto the street, completely unknowing of how it likely contained one of the casualties. Because this was anticipated to be my most challenging final of the semester, I tried not to think too much about the incident and focus on my test. Come 9:30, after exiting the exam, I went out to the cafeteria to study for a quiz I was supposed to take this afternoon when I overheard one of the school's custodians calling his daughter who was a student on campus to make sure she was ok. Moments later, a spokesperson for the vet school announced to everyone how the school was on lockdown and classes for the rest of the day cancelled. He also said we were allowed to leave at our own discretion and that the shooter was over near Burress Hall, which is on the far, far side of campus.
Call it stupidity, call it bravery, call it whatever you like, but I left since after an entire weekend of doing nothing but studying, I needed to get back and relax (the school wasn't exactly a relaxing place with the events taking place). The walking distance from the student parking lot and the vet school is very short, and I was at least nice enough to offer to come back to the school in my car and provide rides to the parking lot for my classmates. My thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims, their friends and their families.