April 24, 2007

Cornell and Virginia Tech

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The Virginia Tech shootings have elicited a variety of reactions from people across the nation. While some honestly expressed the grief and horror of the event, others have received sharp criticism for overreacting, as a recent Slate article discussed. Among these was the decision by President Skorton to ring the bell 33 times to commemorate Virginia Tech; Seung-Hui Cho only killed 32 people. Did President Skorton make the right decision to also include Cho as a victim? And on a much broader level, how should people appropriately handle the tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech without getting out of hand?