Monday, October 10, 2005

Sights you never want to see

We struggle at times to keep football (or other college sports) in perspective, but it was a very sobering day for the extended Georgia Tech family today.

Three explosive devices found in a courtyard between two Georgia Tech dormitories on the East Campus Monday morning were part of a "terrorist act," an Atlanta police official said. [...]

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Understandably, this is a very frightening time for the students, faculty and their relatives. No one wants to go to school or work fearing for their lives and living in a situation where every piece of trash they see could contain a "terrorist" device - and while that seems over the top, you can guarentee that for the next few days that's the attitude many on campus will take.

It appears that the devices were more of the "booby trap" variety, designed to explode when handled and the custodian who was picking up what he thought was trash was lucky to avoid serious injury. The fact that someone would set out to maliciously and deceptively injure or maim random people in the GT community is deplorable and beyond my comprehension as for a motive.

My thoughts and prayers are with the custodian who was injured, the students who were evacuated from Cloudman and Glenn dorms, and I hope the police and ATF are able to quickly locate and arrest the spineless culprit responsible for this. Losing a football game suddenly doesn't seem quite as important, I'll write my piece on that tommorow.

2 Comments:

Blogger Nico said...

Man. I really hate to hear that. I was attending UAB when Eric Rudolph bombed the abortion clinic right across the street from a UAB classroom building.

It was really frightening and sobering to be at school and see helicopters, armored vehicles, guys with machine guns, FBI, ATF, etc. all around our campus for days.

That was a directed attack on a specific place/group of people, and it still scared the crap out of me. I can't imagine what this is like for them.

Thoughts & prayers to the good people of Georgia Tech and Atlanta.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Shane said...

Hey. I saw your a member of BlogPoll, and took a look. As an OU fan, I totally understand how you feel about this. The events in Oklahoma the previous week were just as out-of-nowhere and shocking. The world's becoming an odd place. God bless,
Shane

(cs-sports.blogspot.com)

8:35 PM  

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