And this is why my eyes are closed, its just as well for all I’ve seen…
Email: Tragedy in Blacksburg, VA
As you may or may not be aware, there has been a brutal massacre on the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, VA, that has claimed at least 32 lives and left at least 21 wounded. On of our sister schools of Osteopathy, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine is also on the Virginia Tech Campus. A few hours ago the SGA President of VCOM sent an e-mail to the COSGP (Council of Osteopathic Student Goverment Presidents) thanking us for our concerns and reassuring us that no VCOM students were involved in the massacre. I have responded in assuring her that all of KCOM has the people of Blacksburg and the students of Virginia Tech and VCOM in our thoughts and prayers. In the coming days and weeks SGA will be considering how best to express our sympathy for those suffering through this tragedy. We would be happy to take suggestions and will be keeping you all apprised our activities. In the mean time if you have anything you’d like me to pass on to VCOM/VT please let me know.
Aaron Sigler OMS II
Email: Supporting VT
Much thanks to Komal Shah for alerting me that persons wishing to show support to Virginia Tech are suggested to wear VT colors tomorrow (Tuesday) in the form of maroon and orange ribbons. While this may not be possible on such short notice, I suggest that persons wishing to show their support wear maroon and/or orange clothing. Thanks to everyone that has written me with suggestions of how best to express our support, please continue to share your thoughts.
Email: Update from VCOM
Dear AACOM and AOA friends,
Please share this with the many osteopathic colleges and friends from the profession who have sent their support.
We are happy to share the news that we have lost NO VCOM students or faculty. However many have lost friends, and all have lost the feeling of safety we once had on this beautiful campus.
The VCOM students have assisted in the ERs, and they were thanked today in the national press conference.
VCOM students have volunteered with the Red Cross, and supplied food to the families and friends of the victims.
Our students who were EMTs responded to the scene.
From noon on Tuesday throughout the night and until this evening, I along with Dr Willcox and Dr Kauffman, and many VCOM students provided care to the parents, spouses, and other family members. We were with the families at the Inn at Virginia Tech as the slow process of removing them from a crime scene and providing positive identification occurred providing counseling and other medical assistance as needed. The last family learned of positive identification at 3 pm today, and it was a long and painful night for these families. The mind-body-spirit training we receive as osteopathic physicians was so valuable. We watched the convocation with the parents and families, most of who were too distraught to attend and wept with them. Additionally many of our faculty were the physicians caring for those who survived in the emergency rooms.
This is a literally heartbreaking time for our campus. Our campus will be closed through Sunday as we assist others. Keep VCOM and Virginia Tech in your prayers, as we try to help our faculty and student body to heal.
Dixie Tooke-Rawlins D.O.
(Pull your head out if you haven’t heard the whole story ~Michelle)