After 9/11, a lot of people pointed out that six months before the terrible events of that day occurred, there was an episode of The Lone Gunman
that had terrorists flying planes into the World Trade Center as the centerpiece of the plot.
It was eerie and a bit unsettling in that way that these coincidences have of being.
And a simliar thing is happening around the incident yesterday at Virginia Tech. Some of you may recall that in 1999, two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
that featured violence at school were pulled by the WB. (One that featured a student bringing a rifle to school was set to air the day after Columbine...) Now, comes the word that Bones
is being pulled Wednesday night because the storyline involves a death on a college campus.
So, how are these connected, you ask. Both shows star David Borenaz.
I am sure it's nothing and it if weren't such a sad, tragic set of events surrounding them both, it's almost be an interesting bit of trivia.
It's interesting the things the mind seizes on in trying to comprehend something like this.
I've spent a good amount of time, reading things on-line, listening to the reports and trying to make sense of it. I am unsettled and horrified by the reports of how absolutely methodical the shooter was in planning this attack. There are stories that state he is suspected of calling in two bomb threats last week to gauge the response time of the Virginia Tech police. And there are reports that he went back to his dorm room between the first and second wave of attacks for some reason, leaving behind a note of some kind.
In all of this, I find myself not only thinking about the victims of this, but also the shooter's family. What must they be thinking and feeling right now? My thoughts and prayers go out to them as well becuase I have a feeling they're going to be put under as much of a microscope as this guy in the coming days, weeks and months.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/17/2007 01:16:00 PM