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Greenberg checks in from locked-down Va. Tech

Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 4:22 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

Virginia Tech Seth Greenberg sat at his desk on Thursday afternoon, in the midst of a campus-side lockdown after a gunman shot and killed two people - including a campus police officer.

"It's sad. This is a peaceful, quiet, serene community," Greenberg told CBSSports.com. "This is not reflective of the environment here at all." "We're seeing that there are deranged people in any environment," he added.

Authorities continued to search for the gunman, who killed the police officer on campus during a traffic stop. Greenberg sounded in shock after the second major tragedy that has taken police on the Blacksburg campus in four years. In April of 2007, 33 people were killed by a gunman.

Greenberg said he and his staff have been in constant communication with his players and their families. He also said that one of his daughters, Ella, a cheerleader at the school, was locked down next door at the Coliseum.

"I can't even get to her," Greenberg said. "I've been texting with her consistently and I know she's alright."

"This place is all about community," he added. "It's the greatest sense of community and university of anywhere I've ever been. ... It's just so sad."

Final exams have been postponed. Greenberg's team defeated Rhode Island on Wednesday night and wasn't scheduled to practice today.

Photo: AP


Comments

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Greenberg checks in from locked-down Va. Tech

A sad story indeed.  What is interesting is high VA. Tech personal were in DC appealing a $55,000 fine connected to the April 16, 2007 incident, the Ceary Act I think it is called (not sure of spelling).  It is rare that this type of fine is appealled.  32 people were killed that day, I am not counting the gunman becaue in my mind he counts for nothing and Va. Tech is fighting a $55,000 fine or less than $2,000 a person.  A report was issued and it does not cast Va. Tech in a good light from what little I have heard about it.  Per news reports, Va. Tech was more concerned about it's image than student safety.  And they made sure the president of the University was safe per the report.  Parents had to testify, etc.  It must have been horrible for them.  Some of the people who lost loved ones work were I work.

Seth Greenberg, I am a Virginia Taxpaper and I am furious we give that worthless institution any money.  At first, I did not blame Va. Tech as this as extraordinary, nobody could have been prepared.  The fine, rather small in my book, have a conscience and pay it.  32 families lost a lot more than $55,000.  No, you (Virginia Tech) have to dig it up so you can save $55,000.  You probably spent 1/2 that much writing your rebuttal.  I notice you were worried about your child, well 32 people know exactly where their child is!  And it ain't a dorm room.

Seth Greenberg take your crummy Va. Tech team and crummier Va Tech officials and go far away.  Oh ya, you have a dead police officer, I hope that does not hurt recuiting becauses "It's the greatest sense of community and university of anywhere I've ever been. ... It's just so sad."   It is sad, you got that right, the rest sounds like damage control.  I know I will be rooting against you and Virginia Tech, hope you lose each game by 50 points.




Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Greenberg checks in from locked-down Va. Tech

The mountaineers must come across the border too often. Only thing that can explain these occurrences.



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Greenberg checks in from locked-down Va. Tech

Virginia Tech has had some out of the ordinary things happen there.  The two that I can remeber happening when I lived out that way that crazy sob William Morva escaping because he hurt himself and was taken to the hospital for treatment (google him he even looks crazy) which wasn't really VT related but it was local.  They also get all the bad publicity because of the Seung-Hui Cho tragedy.  Todays tragedy could have just as easily been a State Policeman on down the road to Roanoke.

Other than missing some signs with Cho, Tech hasn't had any problems other than a case of bad luck when it comes to things happening there instead of somewhere else.



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Greenberg checks in from locked-down Va. Tech

this is just sad. I live in Moses Lake, WA and Back in Feb of 1996 a gunman walked into one of the two junior high schools ( he was a student there) and killed a teacher and 2 students also wounding another student. I knew everyone who passed in that tragedy and it is almost like reliving it over everytime this stuff happens. I dont know what to think because you never know when or where. I think that you can have the best safety policies and someone will somehow be able to get past it. It is scary that all it takes is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. My heart and prayers go out to the victims. What a world we live in huh?



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Greenberg checks in from locked-down Va. Tech

How freak of an occurance for something of this nature to happen twice on the same campus?  Just goes to show that you never know where you will encounter a nutcase.  Especially in the f'ed up society we live in today.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Greenberg checks in from locked-down Va. Tech

obvious safety issue? this could have happened literally anywhere. the word among friends in the area is this may be linked to a car theft that happened yesterday about ten minutes away at my alma mater, radford university.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Greenberg checks in from locked-down Va. Tech

Why would anyone go to VT after what has happened there.  There's an obvious safety issue.  "This is a peaceful, quiet, serene community"  ummm i don't think so.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Greenberg checks in from locked-down Va. Tech

It is 100% true that no demographic or type of community is immune to such an occurance.  Earlier this year the IHOP was attacked by a gunman killing several National Guardsmen before turning on himself in little Carson City, Nevada.  It can happen anywhere people!


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