Posted by: L | April 19, 2007

Virginia Tech – How Come They Shut Down the Campus for Morva?

I have been getting mail telling me that Virginia Tech’s decision not to close off the engineering buildings…or shut down the campus.. was quite understandable and defensible, and that hindsight from journalists is easy.

Here is my response:

If hindsight is easy, why didn’t Virginia Tech benefit from it? Why is it that authorities were able to shut down the campus…and the whole town… when William Morva, a survivalist and alleged murderer, was on the loose in the neighborhood last year, but could do precious little this year?

“The shooting was the second in the past year that forced officials to lock down the campus. In August of 2006, an escaped jail inmate shot and killed a deputy sheriff and an unarmed security guard at a nearby hospital before the police caught him in the woods near the university. The capture ended a manhunt that led to the cancellation of the first day of classes at Virginia Tech and shut down most businesses and municipal buildings in Blacksburg. The accused gunman, William Morva, is facing capital murder charges.”

(N. Y. Times – “Virginia Tech Shooting Leaves 33 Dead,” April 16, 2007).


If they could lock down the campus for that, why not for this?

Was that because in the Morva incident, the victims were police and security?

I hate to put it that way, but I feel compelled to. I do understand that the killing of policemen tends to be regarded as more heinous for a variety of reasons, some of which might be defensible, but it goes to show that Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who will guard the guardians) is always a relevant question.

And to the Virginia Tech Administration groupies who wrote to me, let me point out that I did wait a couple of days and came down on the administration only when I saw the self-indulgent posturing going on.

In the old days, a university president would have stepped down immediately, regardless of who was to blame, simply for having had something like this happen on his watch. But university presidents today are like corporate CEOs – nary a word of self-reproach or self-recrimination. I think that was what angered me….and judging from the rest of my mail, a lot of people.
Still working on that summary…stay tuned.



  1. Despite all the anti-social, suicidal, malevolent signals that the VT shooter was supposed to have sent in the past 18 months, to now conclude that VT authorities or local police should have done something to stop him prior to the act is irrational. Its a tragedy of immense proportions and indescribably sad but to start this kind of a blame game is nothing but puerile.

    VT’s huge campus is like a town within a town. Would you close the entire town of Alexandria or even Old Town because of the recent double murder there, presuming whoever was responsible for it would soon turn the his/her gun on a crowd next? Highly unlikely.

    I wish 32 young and innocent lives had not been lost at VT but please dont become a judge and jury and hang the most convenient victim just because you can.

  2. NBC created this monster and they are trying to create another one by playing his propaganda video over and over. All the victims’ families should join together in a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT against NBC for wrongful death. You don’t believe it? Well, why did he sent his garbage to NBC? He knew that his propaganda would be shown by them because all he was really doing was mimicking their propaganda anyway. The Left says all us crackers deserve to die for what some moronic morons who lived 200 years ago did, and this guy just took that stupidity to it’s illogical conclusion. NBC is Cho’s father and ABC is his mother, and they are proud of their bastard child. Just turn on the TV and you can see their pride and joy.

    Leftists who have nothing but murder in their hearts say “If You Don’t Want to Watch the Cho Video, Don’t Watch.” Let me add, that if you DO want to watch the video, then you are monster and will burn in hell right beside him for all eternity.

  3. I agree that NBC should have waited, but I don’t think you can blame the left for Cho’s beliefs. The left is not monolithic any more than the right.
    Less sensation and more analysis from everyone would be a good thing.

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