Very OT: From a Virginia Tech alumnus

Olivier (M&D) mouse-ducks at
Wed Apr 18 17:10:46 CEST 2007

- Chuck -

>>>> I hope that you all will forgive this large off-topic
>>>> post, but I'm guessing that I might be the only
>>>> Virginia Tech graduate on the list and, since we all
>>>> are connected to this world by more than a love of
>>>> Disney comics, I'm guessing that a large number of our
>>>> "outside-the-US" membership may be wondering about
>>>> this tragedy

There is nothing you need be forgiven; your message was perfectly warranted.
Reacting to such tragedies is always difficult, as a few messages on the Net 
seem nothing in comparison and little comfort, however sincerely affected we 
may have been.

I don't want to launch a debate on firearms here either, and will only say 
this might well occur in other countries as well, despite wholly different 
arm legislations : some teachers have been assaulted and stabbed in their 
classes in France, classes have been taken hostage (once by a man carrying 
live explosive, not fake devices), and several people were shot to death in 
a town hall a few years ago. It's not "just in the U.S.A. because..."

It is all the more worrying and tragic as there had been plenty of 
disturbing signs and several warnings by professors-- all to no avail.

This is terrible.


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