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CNN is reporting up to date news on a horrific event that took place a few hours ago on the Virginia Tech campus. A mad man went on a shooting spree and so far 31 are dead. The death toll seems to continue to climb and details are still pouring in but here's what we know right now:

A lone gunman is dead after police said he killed at least 21 people Monday during shootings in a dorm and a classroom at Virginia Tech -- the deadliest school attack in U.S. history.

Government officials told The Associated Press that the death toll had grown to 31, including the gunman. CNN is working to confirm the report.

It was not clear if the gunman was killed by police or if he took his own life."Some victims were shot in a classroom," university police Chief Wendell Flinchum said of the shootings, which occurred two hours apart.

Police believe there was only one gunman, Flinchum said.

Spokespersons for hospitals in Roanoke, Christiansburg, Blacksburg and Salem told CNN that they were treating 29 people from the shootings.

Check CNN for more. So sad. Our heart goes out to all that have lost loved ones.

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phatE phatE 8 years
mom2 - what would you describe as mentally ill, if it's someone being treated for depression, etc having them see a counselor once a week would mean a good portion of a college campus would be doing so. it's really not possible.. the fact is, Cho was handled by the state, and the state has more funding and resources, than a school.. VT admin and police I think did the best they could given the information they had.Murders like the one that took place at 7:15ish are more common, and from what I understand, they thought it was an isolated event.. while now looking back, there should have been a lock down, first, Cho would have accomplished what he was going to, not matter what, and second, i don't see how from that, they could have predicted what happend 2 hours later..Your last sentence, going back to it again, talked about how counseling, or support should be provided for students who are mentally ill and not with their parents, etc. I think PARENTS have the responsibility to follow up with their child, especially one with the record like Cho, unfortunatley, in schools the size of VT or even larger, like mine, it's IMPOSSIBLE to make sure students who need it are getting help, all they can do is encourage (which 2 professors did) and then it's up to Cho.
phatE phatE 8 years
mom2 - what would you describe as mentally ill, if it's someone being treated for depression, etc having them see a counselor once a week would mean a good portion of a college campus would be doing so. it's really not possible.. the fact is, Cho was handled by the state, and the state has more funding and resources, than a school.. VT admin and police I think did the best they could given the information they had. Murders like the one that took place at 7:15ish are more common, and from what I understand, they thought it was an isolated event.. while now looking back, there should have been a lock down, first, Cho would have accomplished what he was going to, not matter what, and second, i don't see how from that, they could have predicted what happend 2 hours later.. Your last sentence, going back to it again, talked about how counseling, or support should be provided for students who are mentally ill and not with their parents, etc. I think PARENTS have the responsibility to follow up with their child, especially one with the record like Cho, unfortunatley, in schools the size of VT or even larger, like mine, it's IMPOSSIBLE to make sure students who need it are getting help, all they can do is encourage (which 2 professors did) and then it's up to Cho.
phatE phatE 8 years
brielleblonde - i hope that ALL schools (public or private) develop better mental health procedures, and acountability because of this.. i think there is a difference between the average "mentally ill" student and someone like Cho, who, from my understand was a red flag to professors, and had a history of odd/off behavior.. i agree though, at first I didn't, hearing from people that they didn't get the e-mail that was sent out,etc... but, how can police or administration know that what seemed like a single event would 2 hours later turn into this?i believe that if they would have seen this coming they would have done everything they could to stop it.. we can't predict the future, it's alot easier to look back and say, why this, and why that (which again, I did) than to look forward and think of the possibilities that could come from something (when it's the furthest thing from their mind) the last thing I think VT would need is a new president, and I believe he is grieving, and probably feeling guilt, and anguish over this, I would hate to be in his position.. (brielleblonde this last part wasn't to you, just my opinion).may God bless VT as they heal from this.
phatE phatE 8 years
brielleblonde - i hope that ALL schools (public or private) develop better mental health procedures, and acountability because of this.. i think there is a difference between the average "mentally ill" student and someone like Cho, who, from my understand was a red flag to professors, and had a history of odd/off behavior.. i agree though, at first I didn't, hearing from people that they didn't get the e-mail that was sent out,etc... but, how can police or administration know that what seemed like a single event would 2 hours later turn into this?i believe that if they would have seen this coming they would have done everything they could to stop it.. we can't predict the future, it's alot easier to look back and say, why this, and why that (which again, I did) than to look forward and think of the possibilities that could come from something (when it's the furthest thing from their mind) the last thing I think VT would need is a new president, and I believe he is grieving, and probably feeling guilt, and anguish over this, I would hate to be in his position.. (brielleblonde this last part wasn't to you, just my opinion). may God bless VT as they heal from this.
amandasunly amandasunly 8 years
Even though I'm all the way here, I send my condolences to any families who have suffered any losses.Also, please do not discriminate against Asians for what he did. He does not represent us.
amandasunly amandasunly 8 years
Even though I'm all the way here, I send my condolences to any families who have suffered any losses. Also, please do not discriminate against Asians for what he did. He does not represent us.
nessabum nessabum 8 years
The repose of the souls of the deceased, the speedy recovery of those who are injured, and the families of the victims are in my prayers.
lesocialite lesocialite 8 years
this is so sad. :(
lesocialite lesocialite 8 years
this is so sad. :(
Angel_Eyes Angel_Eyes 8 years
My thoughts & prayers go out to the family & friends of this horrible shooting. I pray in time that thier hearts can begin to heal.
Angel_Eyes Angel_Eyes 8 years
My thoughts & prayers go out to the family & friends of this horrible shooting. I pray in time that thier hearts can begin to heal.
mom2 mom2 8 years
i 100% agree though - i dont knwo anything but what i hear on tv - i hope im completely off
mom2 mom2 8 years
i understand brielle - do you go to VT? if so, my prayers are with you. i just got upset when i heard the president say she wouldnt sit in a room with cho without a security guard. it made me feel - tehn fine, you cant toss him out, but then get a security guard for the poor kids who room with him too. i also just strongly feel they should have put the school in lockdown after a major murder. especially after 2 bomb threats...i wish i could say i feel differently but i dont. and i think that if students are mentally ill, colleges should require them to see therapy once a week or something to monitor their behavior in a place where there are no parents.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 8 years
and in response to mom2's comment about why was Cho released back to the school? It's because Virginia Tech is a public institution and I'm sure there are many mentally ill people who live on campus that aren't going to become mass murderers. Virginia Tech is not what's to blame, but the legal system that they are forced to follow when it comes to threats of suicide and other mentally ill behavior.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 8 years
and in response to mom2's comment about why was Cho released back to the school? It's because Virginia Tech is a public institution and I'm sure there are many mentally ill people who live on campus that aren't going to become mass murderers. Virginia Tech is not what's to blame, but the legal system that they are forced to follow when it comes to threats of suicide and other mentally ill behavior.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 8 years
mom2, as i can see you are a mom and my mom thought the same thing as you did, but then i explain to her the things that the media didn't show that the campus did to protect us. If the students, the people who where actaully there during this horrific event, are in full support behind the president and all the police officers, then why shouldn't random people, who only know the media's twist on the events, think differently? I'm sorry if what I said seems rude, but like I mentioned before I'm tired of people who are learning about the VT tragedy from the media think they know better than the vast majority of students that were on campus on monday morning.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 8 years
mom2, as i can see you are a mom and my mom thought the same thing as you did, but then i explain to her the things that the media didn't show that the campus did to protect us. If the students, the people who where actaully there during this horrific event, are in full support behind the president and all the police officers, then why shouldn't random people, who only know the media's twist on the events, think differently? I'm sorry if what I said seems rude, but like I mentioned before I'm tired of people who are learning about the VT tragedy from the media think they know better than the vast majority of students that were on campus on monday morning.
mom2 mom2 8 years
so sad ;(
mom2 mom2 8 years
so sad ;(
mom2 mom2 8 years
my heart and prayers go out to the families - god bless them. i am very upset about how VT handled this tragedy. they should have locked down that school after the first shooting. it was a murder for gosh sakes. if i sent my child there and they didnt warn him before going to class that day i would be sick. i know that is not important now and what is important is being there for the families - however, i have to say i do carry a lot of anger that the situation wasnt handled better. there were so many warning signs. the head of the school said she had a security guard present during a meetign with cho. then she let him go back and live with other students? she should have protected them more. he should have been banished from that school earlier. he was proven menally ill in a court in 2005! the school should be ashamed - sorry. and how a mentally ill guy got a gun is beyond me.
ladybugrenee ladybugrenee 8 years
God bless va tech i went to school in virginia and am praying for these poor families and friends
JKe895 JKe895 8 years
This doesn't make me feel too good. Here are my friends, my family, and myself overseas serving to protect everyone back home in the states and then something like this happens. It honestly feels like a larger stab in the back than when there is no support from home. This honestly makes me feel very sick.
Fancy04 Fancy04 8 years
Heart breaking news.
Fancy04 Fancy04 8 years
Heart breaking news.
Hope5 Hope5 8 years
This is So Sad!
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