There’s no need to post news wires, since this awful story is all over. A chilling article in the Baltimore Sun is definitely worth the click — ‘I don’t think my teacher got out‘.

[Virginia Tech junior Richard] Mallalieu said his professor “held the door shut” while several students darted to the windows. Some climbed up on desks, ledges and a radiator cover to pull the screens down and kick at the metal-framed glass. Three windows easily gave way and swung open on hinges as the gunshots got louder.


“It sounded like he was going out into the hallway,” said Mallalieu, a civil engineering major. Once the windows of the second-floor classroom were open, Mallalieu and most of his classmates hung out of them and dropped about 10 to 15 feet to bushes and grass below, he said. Some students ran immediately to a nearby building. Others waited to help students who were injured by the fall, Mallalieu said.

But then the sound of gunfire filled the classroom they had just fled, sending the rest who had escaped running about 30 yards to Patton Hall, he added.

“I don’t think my teacher got out,” Mallalieu said.

There’s already much discussion about gun rights, gun control, the response of the school administration and security to the initial shootings, who’s right, who’s wrong. The bottom line is that there is little that can be done to prevent a tragedy like this from occurring again, mostly because no one will agree on what action to take, given the heated nature about guns and rights. The demand to put adequately trained security and more effective emergency policies in place will be met by some schools and not others.

Eventually, we will have to come to the realization that if someone is determined enough they will find a way around those measures to commit violence on a large scale in places we believe (or are led to believe) are secure or safe.

Look at the terror alert chart or the TSA inspection of your shampoo in quart-sized baggies. Do you feel really safer?

Part of the illusion or fantasy is that we have to believe these tragedies happen elsewhere or else everyone will be in lockdown.


And this filth is incredible. The Rotting Cryptkeeper and his family are going to show up at the funerals of those killed. No, I’m not linking  (h/t Kelli):

WBC to Preach at Funerals of Virginia Tech Dead

WBC will preach at the funerals of the Virginia Tech students killed on campus during a shooting rampage April 16, 2007. You describe this as monumental horror, but you know nothing of horror — yet. Your bloody tyrant Bush says he is ‘horrified’ by it all. You know nothing of horror — yet. Your true horror is coming.  “They shall also gird themselves with sackloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads” (Eze. 7:18). 

Why did this happen, you ask? It’s simple. Your military chose to shoot at the servants of God today, and all they got for their effort was terror. Then, the LORD your God sent a crazed madman to shoot at your children. Was God asleep while this took place? Was He on vacation? Of course not. He willed this to happen to punish you for assailing His servants.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding