I know there are plenty of people blogging about this tragedy right now so I will only say a few things.
I stayed plugged in to NPR all day yesterday. I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. Today, I spent some time looking at profiles of some of the victims. It just makes me so unbelievably sad. So many young people. And so many professors.
I think that is what really moves me the most. I work at a junior college and I have often wondered I would do if something happened. The most likely emergency would be an earthquake. But we have had our share of disgruntled students and transients. I want to believe that I am the type of person who would help protect students and get people out of the building. The newspaper coverage of yesterday's tragedy said that at least one of the professors died guarding the door to his classroom so that his students could flee. Would I have that kind of courage? Something tells me that I wouldn't. I would probably end up cowering under my desk or trying to break a window to get out. But I guess you never know until you are in that situation. In the meantime, we are left with nothing but questions.
My prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the victims.