MIT Responds to the Tragedy at Virginia Tech
On April 16, 2007 on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 people and wounded many others. It was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. Generating extensive coverage worldwide, the aftermath of the massacre reopened debates about gun control, safety on university campuses, modern communication technology, and many others. At MIT, as on college campuses throughout the country, responses to news of the tragedy included fear, sorrow, and myriad questions about how such a thing could happen and how would MIT respond if something similar were to happen here. Click on the titles below to view three perspectives from community members whose positions necessitated immediate involvement in the aftermath of the shootings: the Chief of Mental Health Services, Alan Siegel, the Institute Chaplain, Bob Randolph, and the Chief of the MIT Police Department, John DiFava.
"Student Responses to Virginia Tech and How Faculty Can Help," Alan Siegel
"MIT Community Confronts Issues of Safety and Grieving," Robert Randolph
"An Interview with MIT Chief of Police John DiFava"