Friday, February 15, 2008

A moment of silence


Northern Illinois University is the closest State University to Inverness. Not more than an hour or so away. My neighbor's son attends this school (he is fine, thanks).
I can't imagine the horror of the parents who received phone calls yesterday that their child had been killed by a crazed shooter on their student's university campus while attending class. My sorrow knows no bounds. Please keep these families in your prayers.

11 comments:

Liz said...

It is a small, small world. My dad taught at NIU and I attended the lab school there on campus as a child. Dekalb was my home for three years.

We are all connected. This horror touches us all,

jan said...

Don't you get the feeling that these school and college shootings will never stop as long as there are innocent students and crazies running around? It's such a helpless feeling for all of us.

USAincognito said...

My aunt lives in Dekalb. Glad she was at work and nowhere near the university when it happened!

Liz said...

Yes, I do know the fear of these parents. My son attends the Univerity of Arizona. He was there when, and took classes in the building where, the crazed gunman walked in a lecture class and killed several people before turning the gun on himself.

He was all right and not in the building at the time, but the wait to hear that he was okay was indescribable.

Avis said...

Some of the people who handled the aftermath of the VA Tech disaster asked for our prayers for the folks at NIU. We were there for a Valentine's weekend. Some said they had called people who held the same positions as they, as soon as the news came out. I guess that has made a lot of schools more aware but it obviously does not stop the sickos. We should pray for them too!

Jeff said...

it's scary when it's in your back yard, and there's a lot of backyards going on in the West family line... VT and NIU... i guess there are some people who just can't handle it all. I just wish those people would be brave enough to get help. The hardest 3 words in the english language to say are "I need help."

Jessy said...

I have to say that I would not wish the kind of pain they're going through on anyone. It has taken me months to begin to function as a normal student again, and I still cannot see the classroom as the safe place that it was before April. Very little good came out of what happened here at Tech, but I am glad that our tragedy at least made others reassess their preparedness in such a situation. I only wish that it were possible to find that elusive ounce of prevention for these shootings, because there is little that can be done to heal the heartbreak.

Peter said...

Terrible what happens so frequently over there! I guess that in most European countries we fail to understand how easy it is to get hold of weapons in some of your states!

ANNA-LYS said...

In my heart and thoughts!!!

AnnA
Sweden

Lilli & Nevada said...

This is truly sad, seems like once it started it will now continue. My deepest sympathy to the families

tanidia said...

I get the feeling that this kind of thing is going to continue with the liberal news media sensationalizing such horrific events. Image if there was no hype; I suspect there would be less of these problems. I pray for all the families of these innocent children. May the grace of God be with them all.