The events that took place at Virginia Tech University this week made all of us feel something. Whether it was fear, sadness, rage, or any other emotion you may have felt when you heard the news, it may not have been the reaction we all should have by now. That is,
"What do we need to do to make sure massacres like this don't happen in a classroom again?"
The officials at Virginia Tech chose to hold off on informing the students of the situation before the second, and much more deadly, shooting occurred.
That decision will haunt those school officials the rest of their lives.
What can we, a thousand miles away, take from this?
Be prepared. Have a plan of action at your school or office in an event like this. Don't think that a personal incident is just that and can't lead to more. Always expect the worse, because in doing so, as inconvenient as it may be, we may end up saving innocent lives.
If you are an educator, ask your administrators what plan they have for situations like this.
If you're a parent, talk to your children of what to do if they hear something suspicious at school.
Our best defense is to educate ourselves and each other and stand prepared if something like this were to happen again.