A campus and U.S. tragedy of 'monumental proportions'

Posted: April 17, 2007

Just days before the end of the school year at picturesque Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, the deadliest gun rampage in modern U.S. history sent shockwaves across the nation. "Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," university president Charles Steger told the nation at a news conference. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."

Freshman Justin May, 19, who was in a calculus class near the site of the later shootings, said he could hear ambulance and police sirens. When he looked out a window, he saw a security officer wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with a pistol. "This is an emergency; stay indoors," the officer announced over a megaphone. The sound of sirens was constant all day.

"It hasn't even registered to us," May said later. "This is so much worse than Columbine. We don't even know what to think of it."

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