Originally Posted by laxman0324
This is definately some scary shit going on. I am a student at Georgia Tech, and I am/was transferring to VT in the fall. After seeing all of this it really hits home. There is nothing anybody could have done about this. It would be just as easy (Easier to buy illegal guns) in Atlanta for someone to come into any of the academic buildings and have access to any number of students.
I know everyone is blaming VT police and officials for not warning studnets but I dont know how many people would have gotten the warning. Most studetns wake up 10 mins before class and do not check there email. Most commuting students I know would already be on the road before any warning got out, and most don't listen to the radio stations (if the stations were broadcasting about the shootings).
Well the issue as I see it will develop around the fact that they didn't even try. For those kids on campus, each dorm floor has a residence assistant (RA) or some other titled position to be the link between the administration and the students. It would have been pretty straight forward to have the RA's recruit a few kids to man the doorways and alert kids leaving of the situation, while others knocked on doors and woke the lazy little shits up to save their lives and tell them about the problem.
As for kids driving in and taking buses, well, they don't drive into the classrooms, they park in lots. Close the lots, have the local cops make it clear everyone should go home and stay off the campus. Same with buses.
Overall the problem is just not that complex. My son is a senior at RPI this year, and a few weeks ago a body was discovered early in the morning in at the bottom of a stairwell in one of the newer buildings on campus. Classes were cancelled immediately and until the police had made a determination of what had happened and that there was no risk to students. My son lives off campus, as do likely more than 50% of the undergraduate students at RPI, and is one of those guys that gets up "just in time" to make it to class. He was informed as he was walking onto campus by the campus security that the campus was closed and he was to return to his dorm or apartment or frat house or whatever. The dead person was later determined to have been a distraught RPI graduate who was unemployed and jumped off the top floor in a stairwell. Classes were back "on" the next day as the cops determined the person killed himself so there was no further danger to other students.
Originally Posted by laxman0324
I don't know about other students, but this really does scare me because there is no way this will be the last time this happens in the next couple years. Georgia Tech is infamous for its rediculous courseload and impossible classes, and any number of people every day are on the edge waiting for something like gf problems to push them over. This is truly a sad moment for all colleges.
This is a sad day for all of us. I cannot imagine being a parent of a child going to that school. My other son is a freshman at Purdue. Purdue has had its share of oddities as well. A freshman there went missing for a number of weeks, only to turn up electrocuted in a dorm utility room. The official findings were he got drunk and apparently wandered into the utility room and staggered into some high voltage terminals on a transformer or something. My son was a bit taken aback by the fact that no investigation of how the kid got drunk, or why the utility room was not locked was initiated. I agree with him.