A: It’s impossible to generalize about the experiences of survivors, especially in a community as large and diverse as Virginia Tech.
Some of the survivors whose work I reported on in this book came to advocacy very soon after the shootings.
(University of Virginia Press) tells the story of what happened after that terrible day.
Thomas Kapsidelis, the author, is a journalist and a fellow at Virginia Humanities.
This goes beyond gun violence, given the many troubling issues facing colleges and universities.
Q: Campus carry has spread in the years since Virginia Tech (and many other shootings).
The university initially canceled classes for its annual Day of Remembrance, but resumed a regular schedule in 2012.
The annual remembrance continues, however, and includes a memorial 3.2-mile run and walk.
A: The safety and well-being of everyone in the campus community must be a priority.
Universities should examine their complex systems to ensure they are responsive to the needs of students, faculty and staff -- and families. It needs to be tended and the product of communication with all involved.