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Sad Non Celebrity News: 31 Dead So Far

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.

phatE phatE 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
this is so sad. :(
Angel_Eyes Angel_Eyes 10 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 10 years
i 100% agree though - i dont knwo anything but what i hear on tv - i hope im completely off
mom2 mom2 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
so sad ;(
mom2 mom2 10 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 10 years
God bless va tech i went to school in virginia and am praying for these poor families and friends
JKe895 JKe895 10 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 10 years
Heart breaking news.
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
This is So Sad!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
vtsmiley, we need more teachers like you! that is so positive and inspirational ... thank you for being so sensitive to the fact that children's minds are so very malleable at that age ... your comment provides a lot of hope and my thoughts are with you as a VT alum.
vtsmiley00 vtsmiley00 10 years
I'm a 5th grade teacher and a VT alumn and my students were very concerned about what happened. We discussed bullying and how the gunman felt bullied (among other disturbing things that were wrong with him)and how to prevent it. Initially I was worried about how my students would react to what happened, but they were very mature and positive about people pulling together and preventing bullying. It's a shame that they have to go through this, but after 9/11, they are unfortunately getting used to tragedy. On another note, being an alumni from VT, I am proud and touched on how everyone is pulling together. We need to honor those that died and learn from what happened so we can grow stronger. The Hokie Nation will rise up and get through this. God Bless.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
Yes, SU3, I totally agree with you about being heartbroken over the situation - I think someone previously mentioned that it affects the world, not just those who were directly involved ... it's so sad because of all the political and social "agendas" (again, stole that word from someone else on here!) that are immediately surfacing ... tragedies affecting a nation should unite, not divide. But it seems as though in world history, that's all they've accomplished - division.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
p.s. sorry, just to clarify, I know that the phrase "resident alien" is a widely used and official term, I think that the fact it was just on the Perez Hilton site made it sound worse!
SU3 SU3 10 years
Nicely put bigestivediscuit - Thank you for posting this. This is incredibly heartbreaking and it's sickening to hear what other horrible comments people have posted on other blogs. It's ridiculous. My heart and thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by this tragedy...
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
I'm glad people are speaking up about the horrible way Perez Hilton reported on the identity of the killer (inaccurately referring to the incident as "the bloodiest massacre in the history of the United States" and then conveniently writing "the 23 year-old resident alien" - what CENTURY are you in???) plus the absolutely sickening racist comments that his readers have left as well. I'm really grateful that this is a safe place to read and post, where comments are moderated and we can focus on the tragedy at hand, instead of turning comments into a dialogue of hate. Because that would be truly tragic.
esk4 esk4 10 years
I still can't believe this has actually happened. I'm really sad that the lives that have been lost are already being used to help people move their own political agenda's
baltimoregal baltimoregal 10 years
You're welcome ladies. It's important to look out for groups like this The "church" came to Baltimore last year to protest the Baltimore School for the Arts (yes, a high school, no less) when they put on a production of The Laramie Project. Didn't turn out so well for them though, because Baltimore has a strong gay community as well as a strong belief in looking out for its own. Eight members of Westboro showed up- THREE TIMES as many counter-protestors showed up! http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=13032
akm6a akm6a 10 years
Centreville is in Fairfax county.
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