My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the shooting at Northern Illinois University- a scant 2 hours from my home. We stop in DeKalb every time we drive in to Chicago. Kids in our town go to this school. I'm wracking my brain to think of former students who have chosen NIU, hoping they are ok. Our local news has on its crawler that all classes have been canceled for the day and weekend sporting events on the campus have been canceled as well. So far they report 6 deaths and 16 more injured.
What is wrong with people? What would ever possess anyone to do something so completely heinous?
It's a bit close to home and it makes me recall that horrible day in November of 1991 when angry grad student, Gang Lu opened fire at the University of Iowa. I was a student at the University of Northern Iowa at the time and it was crazy- all the phone lines were tied up for hours, because of course, people across the country just heard "university" and "Iowa" and freaked out. If you get the chance, read the book The Boys of My Youth, by Joanne Beard. It's a collection of essays- some of which are hilarious, but also includes the author's account of her memories of that day- she worked in that office- I think she even copied Gang Lu's dissertation. Her essay brings some reality to that day- shows us how "normal" a day it started out to be.
Remember these kids in your prayers, and the survivors, too. They will need some special strength in the coming days.