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a sad day...

I've been sitting here the majority of the day just watching CNN update the coverage on the Virginia Tech shooting and I am in utter shock. Violence of that caliber astounds me. Although violence is occuring throughout the world every moment of every day, these acts where someone takes vengence for no rhyme or reason always just seems to surprise me.

I remember in 6th grade, we were sent home with a note that a 5th grader had brought a knife to school and proper actions were being set in place to keep all of us kids safe. There was genuine concern for safety once it had been breached.

I was a sophomore in high school when Columbine happened 8 years ago on Friday. The reality of the situation was felt throughout the country, and I couldn't imagine what it was like to be put in that horrifying situation. I remember distinctly the feeling of fear as televisions in classrooms were turned to watch the scene unfold. This could have been our school, these could have been our classmates.

Today, as I sit in an office a mere 100 yards from a college campus, I feel the same sort of sadness I've felt as countless events like this have unfolded. My prayers go out to those in the situation. The victims, the families, the friends, and the family and friends of the still unidentified shooter. Healing is necessary for everyone in this situation, and those that the situation is affecting. I pray that God may use this event to open our hearts and minds and call us to action in order to work towards peace.
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