APRIL 17, 2013

This week's newsletter is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech shooting on April 16, 2007. We hope you will take some time to reflect, remember, and honor the 32 lives lost in this tragedy.



by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

Liviu Librescu was a professor at Virginia Tech who blocked Seung-Hui Cho from entering his classroom. Librescu’s actions bought precious few moments to allow many of his students to escape. From the Virginia Tech Review Panel (2007):

          Cho tries to enter room 204 where engineering professor Liviu Librescu is teaching Mechanics. Librescu braces his

          body against the door yelling for students to head for the window. He is shot through the door. Students push

          out screens and jump or drop to grass or bushes below the window. Ten students escape this way. The next

          two students trying to escape are shot (pp. 27-28).

Librescu, a 76-year-old Holocaust survivor and aeronautical engineer, was shot five times. Only a final gunshot to the head was able to stop him from blocking Cho.

I think Professor Librescu was one hell of a man. I only wish I had the chance to shake his hand for his unbelievable courage and bravery.



The We Remember website provides information about the 32 students and faculty members who were tragically taken from their loved ones and the Virginia Tech community on April 16, 2007. They ranged in age from 18 to 76 and represented a variety of academic areas, faith and ethnic groups. We hope that you are able to reflect on the tremendous promise each of them embodied for our world with creativity, intelligence, humility, and humanity.

This site also provides information about online resources, latest news and events, information about the April 16 Memorial, and a link to the Office of Recovery and Support. Live for 32.




Click here to see upcoming events hosted by NaBITA and our partner organizations.



The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association announces the launch of its flagship, peer-reviewed academic journal, The Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention (J-BIT). J-BIT is a multi-disciplinary journal intended to encourage academic research and scholarship regarding the function, design, operation, and assessment of campus Behavioral Intervention Teams (BITs) at two- and four-year colleges and universities.

To learn more about J-BIT and how to submit your scholarship, click here.



Virginia Tech News: Virginia Tech to mark 2013 Day of Remembrance

Inside Higher Ed: Threats at Community Colleges

Mail Online: Virginia school shooting suspect named as 18-year-old student who 'announced his plans online moments before he opened fire'

CNN: Guns and suicide: One mother's heartbreaking tale

Philadelphia Inquirer: Temple warns of Columbine linked graffiti threat

CBS News: Texas slasher suspect Dylan Quick fantasized about stabbing people since elementary school: police


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