I feel compelled to express my deep sadness over the horrible tragedy on the campus of Virginia Tech yesterday. My heart goes out to the families of all those who were killed or injured, as well as the thousands of parents whose hearts stopped when they first heard of the shootings, knowing their own precious son or daughter was in harm's way.
There have been lots of senseless killings on campuses in my lifetime - Kent State and Columbine being the first two to come to mind - but I really didn't want to live to see the day when we heard about the worst campus killing spree in the history of the world.
Time was, when young adults went through life with a feeling of invincibility, as if death only happened to "old people". That could be a good thing, as they were willing to take chances and experiment, or a bad thing, as they were foolhardy to take chances and experiment. We may never know why this tragedy happened, but I suspect it has changed the climate of campuses everywhere .... forever.