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  •  Welcome back, plus a local conection... (5+ / 0-)

    ...to the VA Tech tragedy.

    Hope your eyesight continues to improve.  As to your diary: yes, bullying--absolutely--but with society's sick culture of violence and gun availability as added "accellerants."

    One of the girls murdered graduated from my son's high school two years ago.  His 18th birthday was Monday, and he graduates in June.

    Needless to say, it was an April 16th he and we will long remember--sadly, for more than it being his birthday.

    Peace to all.

    "If I don't see you no more in this world, I'll see you in the next world...and don't be late!" (Jimi Hendrix)

    by Faheyman on Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 09:52:28 AM PDT

    •  He will remember it more because it is birthday. (2+ / 0-)
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      That's for sure.  You all will.  

      {{{HUG}}}

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      by rserven on Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 10:04:02 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the hug, plus I want to thank you... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...for this diary, because it inspired me to do something I haven't found a way to do until today.

        My brother-in-law is married to a beautiful Korean woman, and their daughter (our niece, of course) is a beautiful Korean/Irish-American woman with a Masters Degree in Special Ed.

        Not until reading this post did I know how to reach out to them, becasue I didn't want to cause them any more pain than they already feel.  But I just did so, and my e-mail to them is below. (It refers to an e-mail I sent around earlier this week about the local girl who died at Tech.)

        Thanks so much for your diaries, especially this one.

        Hey Gene and K.C., hope all is well.

        I didn't include you on this the other night because I didn't want to upset anybody.  But I want you all to know that absolutely no one around here even thinks of blaming any Koreans because of what happened this week.  In fact, everyone I've spoken to feels total pain and sympathy for the guy's parents, sister and the rest of his family.

        All I can say is we don't do enough to intervene early, aggressively and careingly with kids who have psychological or mental/brain chemistry problems.  Plus there are far too many guns in this country, and it's far to easy to buy one--especially here in Virginia.

        Love to all, be well and stay in touch.

        Tommy
        (Celesta is out but I'm sure she will follow up later.)

        "If I don't see you no more in this world, I'll see you in the next world...and don't be late!" (Jimi Hendrix)

        by Faheyman on Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 10:19:07 AM PDT

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