Posted by: Amanda | April 17, 2007

Too Close

 I was actually sort of numb yesterday at the news, until I heard Bush’s remarks this morning about our schools being a sanctuary for learning.  I broke down and cried all the way to work.  And then it got closer as I kept getting emails from our schools about it.

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7:04 pm (3 hours ago)


Dear Amanda,

We want to update you on the information on events that have transpired throughout the day
relating to the incident at Virginia Tech.

We have confirmation that the alleged shooter, Seung-Hui Cho of Centreville, was a student
at Virginia Tech and is a 2003 graduate of Westfield High School.

At this time, we have not received an official list of victims from the Virginia State
Police and are unable to confirm any information about FCPS alumni who were killed or
injured at Virginia Tech. We are expecting that an announcement about the victims will be
made tomorrow, and we will pass along that information when it is made available.

The school system’s crisis support team of trained psychologists and social workers is
available to work with students and adults in our schools. Parents should feel free to
contact their principal if they would like to request counseling services for their

We grieve along with the families and friends of the victims of this terrible tragedy,
which has affected not only those affiliated with Virginia Tech but the entire state of
Virginia and the nation.

Below is a partial list of community events that are planned in remembrance of the victims
of the Virginia Tech incident.

* Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m. — Members of the Light Global Mission Church will hold a
candlelight vigil at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway,
Fairfax. The gathering will be in the center aisle of the parking lot out in front of the
Government Center. This event is open to the public.

* Wednesday, April 18 — A vigil, hosted by the Board of Supervisors in conjunction with
Faith Communities in Action, will be held in the forum of the Fairfax County Government
Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

* Virginia Tech Alumni — The DC Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association lists a
number of events at including:

– Friday, April 20, Hokie Hope: Orange and Maroon Effect — Virginia Tech family members
across the country have united to declare this Friday, April 20, an “Orange and Maroon
Effect” day to honor those killed in the tragic events on campus Monday and to show support
for VT students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and friends. Everyone across the
country is invited to be part of the Virginia Tech family this Friday and wear orange and
maroon to support the families of those who were lost and support the school and community.

– Wednesday, April 18, 8 p.m. — Great Falls chapter candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. at St.
Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. All are welcome.

– Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. — candlelight vigil on the Old Town Market Square at City
Hall, 300 King Street, Alexandria.

Jack Dale
Superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools


  1. We’re trying to get a “Web Orange And Maroon Effect” going for Friday. We’ve challenged all webmasters and bloggers to incorporate VT colors into their site for the day. Learn more and check sites that are participating.

  2. Has the media circus in Centreville started to die down yet?

    How are you protecting Em’s eyes and ears through all of this? I’m sure the images are pervasisve there, even more than they are here.

    Hope you are well.

  3. There is a lot of reporting on who is affected – high schools etc, but the media has been unobtrusive and respectful here in Centreville. Nothing like it would have been in California. Thankfully, Em is pretty unaware. The principal made some kind of announcement on Tuesday, and we don’t have the news on while she is awake. Ben and I spoke with her separately (he about safety, me about feelings – not planned but predictable) and then touched base with her together in the evening. It all seems very remote to her, other than it was a “bad dude” who hurt 3 or 30 people, in her words.

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