Virginia Tech, a year later.

As we come up on the year anniversary of the VT shooting, I see more news articles on the event.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2008/04/14/intv.goddard.vt.survivor.cnn

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2008/04/15/vo.wi.grocery.shootout.wisn

 

There are a few things that jump out at me that sadden me greatly about the whole thing. The first thing is that these people all laid down and allowed themselves to be killed like pigs at the slaughter. How pathetic. Where were their parents when the children were learning about the sanctity of life? Where were the lessons about God helps those who help themselves?

 

The other thing is, the victims lives had ZERO value. Not to their parents who loved them dearly. Not to their friends who grieve the loss of these people. THEY decided their lives had no value. Anything worth something is worth fighting for. THEY decided that their lives were not worth fighting to save. ONE madman with killer intent kept dozens of people at bay because NONE of them had the will to survive. How pathetic is your life when you do not have the will to survive at all costs. In cases like these, where a madman has the intent and desire to kill you, you have nothing to loose. Why not take the chance and DO SOMETHING! The heros of Flight 92 knew they were going to die. THEY decided to do something about it so that others would not perish as well. THEY at least tried to save themselves and others. They died doing it, but how many lives did they save? If one person at Virginia Tech had know that their life was worth fighting for, maybe they could have saved others.

 

We are a nation of servants, sheep and pansies. The hippies say violence isn’t the answer, and they may be right. But sometimes violence is the SOLUTION! Madmen can only be dealt with thru violence of action. They must be stopped with force. Students here, at Columbine and other shooting have all been documented begging for their lives. Did it work?

 

Maybe if they thought their lives had value and were worth fighting for the outcome would have been different.

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2 Responses to “Virginia Tech, a year later.”

  1. ANALYSIS OF VA TECH REPORT, TEAM CALLS FOR CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS

    The SERAPH Research Team consisting of education and law enforcement experts has assessed “The Virginia Tech Review Panel Report”, http://www.vtreviewpanel.org/report/index.html KEY FINDINGS [Chapter II, pages 17-19]

    Note: Starting in 2000 the SERAPH Research Team has at the request of members of Congress supplied three reports on school safety.

    SERAPH Virginia Tech Report Assessment

    The review panel isolated seven critical problems with Virginia Tech’s emergency response, emergency management and administrators’ response.

    The reports’ summary states that, “The Emergency Response Plan of Virginia Tech was deficient in several respects”. The following is a list of each issue and the SERAPH response.

    1. “It did not include provisions for a shooting scenario.”

    Since the Columbine massacre in 1999, police departments across the United States have been training in “active shooter” response. This has been a well established practice for use in public schools.

    However our survey of colleges and universities security directors and police chiefs shows that few have had this training. Two reasons were given for this, the first was the cost, administrators did not want to pay for the training and second administrators barred campus security / police administrators from seeking out the training because they did not want a “militaristic campus atmosphere”.

    2. “…did not place police high enough in the emergency decision-making hierarchy. The police had to await the deliberations of the Policy Group, of which they are not a member, even when minutes count.”

    The report indicates that administrators who had no training in security or police operations micromanaged the security operations of the campus. This is problematic because of the obvious delay it causes in response time and the fact that under Virginia law it is illegal.

    Virginia criminal code 18.2-460 A, Obstructing justice: If any person without just cause knowingly obstructs a judge, magistrate, justice, juror, attorney for the Commonwealth, witness or any law-enforcement officer in the performance of his duties as such or fails or refuses without just cause to cease such obstruction when requested to do so by such judge, magistrate, justice, juror, attorney for the Commonwealth, witness, or law-enforcement officer, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

    The Policy Group as it relates to police operations on campus is in violation of this law. And from the report it is equally obvious that on the day of the shooting the administrators obstructed the police in their investigation of the original dorm murder and their response to managing the campus with a murder suspect on the loose.

    3. “It also did not include a threat assessment team.”

    Threat assessment as a science has existed in the United States since the early 1940s. Predication and prevention of violence is a critical aspect of campus security and one that in SERAPH’s experience is seriously lacking on higher education campuses. All Resident Assistants, security / police and department administrators should be trained to identify violent behavior in students, staff and visitors.

    4. “The Emergency Response Plan… was out of date on April 16”

    An emergency plan is only as good as the data in it and the ability of key personnel to use it effectively. This did not happen at Virginia Tech.

    5. “The training of staff and students for emergencies situations at Virginia Tech did not include shooting incidents.”

    Training is important for the effective management of an emergency by key personnel. You cannot ask untrained people to do what trained people do.

    6. “No security cameras were in the dorms or anywhere else on campus on April 16.”

    A lack of systematic monitoring of a campus contributes to crime.

    7. “A risk analysis needs to be performed and decisions made as to what risks to protect against.”

    A proper security audit is vitally important to campus security. However our survey of security directors / police chiefs indicates that most college administrators will not allow these assessments to be done. Two reasons for this refusal is the fear of liability exposure and the chance that the audit would require changes in management systems.

    The Review Panel ironically found,

    “That the VTPD statement of purpose in the Emergency Response Plan does not reflect that law enforcement is the primary purpose of the police department.” Again the report indicates that university administrators who had no training in security or police operations micromanaged the security operations of the campus through policies that control the actions of the campus police force.

    Lastly, the report found that this attitude was consistent throughout the Virginia college and university community.

    “It was the strong opinion of groups of Virginia college and university presidents with whom the panel met that the state should not impose required levels of security on all institutions, but rather let the institutions choose what they think is appropriate. Parents and students can and do consider security a factor in making a choice of where to go to school.”

  2. Mac Hayes Says:

    Sheep to the slaughter? I keep thinking of how outnumbered the 9/11 hijackers were. Did any of those passengers weigh the value of the lives of the flight crew that were being held hostage against the value of the lives of the larger number of passengers that might have lived if the hijackers were resisted? This is something every airline traveler should be thinking about now; should I sacrifice the life of a stewardess in an attempt to save the rest of the passengers, never mind what lives and property outside the airplane might be in danger. “There will be blood” – that is a fact of life that very few are willing to face up to. This should be a part of the National Will now, to refuse to be a victim, and fight the bad guys, even if blood will be spilled.

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