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I am thinking that we make the main picture a picture of the actual event, whether it be students being carried out, or SWAT teams responding, I think it needs to be changed Tyhart87 01:16, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Ben Hair quote (Or, does it come from a reliable source?)

I keep attempting to add in the following quote airing frustration with the controversy over VaTech officials' response to the early morning incident:

They could have prevented most of this...shooting at 730 in WAJ, classes don't start til 8, why couldn't they cancel classes for the day...SOMEONE WAS SHOT AND IT TURNS OUT THEY DIED...I THINK THATS GROUNDS TO CANCEL CLASS RATHER THAN SENDING OUT AN EMAIL THAT SAYS USE CAUTION AND REPORT ANYTHING TO POLICE. They could have save almost 20 lives and 20 injuries if they just decided to cancel class right away.

does anyone else agree with me?

But because it was originally said on Facebook, it won't pass Reliable Source criteria. That's a load of crap, considering this is a pretty big deal and I'm trying to add it to the STUDENT RESPONSE section! Fifty7 23:17, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I think this should be allowed into the Student Response section if it is coming from a witness. If you can give us the link to that, and its a quote from someone who was there/a student, then it should be allowed in. If its a student's friend or a random person from somewhere else, it should not be allowed in.KSL 23:55, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I had previously posted the link but that was deleted as well. Anyway, here it is: [1] As more posts are put up on the wall, it will be further back on the pages. It should be on page 3 as of right now (it was posted at 1:04 PM, April 16th, for future reference). Fifty7 00:28, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Random posts on a Facebook wall fail WP:RS on multiple grounds. This quote is not going to be acceptable at any point. Natalie 00:50, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't have a facebook account, so at this point all I can say is that if it is a quote from a witness who is a student of Virginia Tech, I believe that it is credible as student response. But, since I dont have a facebook account and I can't go and look at this, I'll leave it to those who do to decide. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kevin Lakhani (talkcontribs) 01:08, 17 April 2007 (UTC).
Blogs and other sorts of personal opinions/responses are not allowed on Wikipedia. Facebook posts will not be allowed on those same grounds.Gloriamarie 02:17, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

to me, "student response" implies a kind of umbrella summary rather than long tracts from individual students. W guice 01:10, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree. Also, I do have a Facebook account, so I can tell you that the VT page now has 85 condolence posts, at least. The problem is that anyone can get a Facebook account now, claim they're a student, and write up a little rant. It's absolutely un-verifiable (ala MySpace), and thus fails RS. Natalie 01:11, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Actually, I believe Facebook requires that anyone that is attempting to join a college network must supply the college email that is associated with that institution. You could argue that that is simple to achieve, yet it's still a Facebook criteria, if I recall correctly. The same regulation applies to company networks, alumni, and staff networks. High school Facebook access requires only being verified by a friend that goes to the same school. Quixotic Rick 02:36, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
That could be - I got an account when it was still colleges-only, so I don't really know what they require now that it's open to everyone. But there's verification that the person didn't drop out, transfer, graduate, etc., or even just use a friends email address. Anyway, even if the ID could be confirmed blog and message board posts are generally a no-no. Natalie 03:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Suicide tag (Or, can we put it in the Infobox?)

Who went back and put "suicide" back in the infobox? It has not been determined if the gunman killed himself. I'm removing the tag. - --Bdj95 21:29, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I think we can put it bacl the New York Times mentions it was self-inflicted. -- Vince 21:34, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
In the most recent press conference, the Virginia Tech police chief confirmed that the gunman committed suicide.Fickman 21:37, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
That's fine. "Apparent suicide" sounds fine to me, since an official autopsy hasn't been completed yet. --Bdj95 21:48, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
The news reports are saying that the gunman shot himself in the head (which, btw, is why they are havign trouble identifying him). As this is a current event, the current news should be used. As long as its cited by a reputable source (like a news website) it should be allowed up unless new information surfaces. KSL 23:01, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree with "Apparent Suicide". Until an official post-mortam has been carried out, i think it is better to use this. The same with gunman should be replaced with "aledged gunman". 12:40, 17 April 2007 (UTC) Hadn't logged in >> MeanStreets "...Chorizo..." 12:41, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
"alleged" gunman?? presumably all those people are "allegedly" dead too? i don't think there's any question of allegation where the presence of a gunman is concerned. tomasz. 12:43, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I'm not saying that allegedly a gunman was there. But that the man who they think is the gunman "allegedly" killed these people until it is proven in law that he did. MeanStreets "...Chorizo..." 12:49, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Innocence until proven guilty is alive and well in the UK. As is free press and non-sensationalist coverage. MeanStreets "...Chorizo..." 12:46, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Where in India (Or, where is the Governor?)

Kaine was supposedly heading for India. Where specifically? -- Ishikawa Minoru 21:31, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

The article mentions nothing of Kaine going to India. Please explain. Effer 21:35, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Governor Tim Kaine was in Japan. He is now on his way back so that he can attend the service tomorrow. --BigDT 21:45, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Campus leaders doing nothing (Or, why did the admin react the way they did and can we include speculation?)

After "two people were killed and up to four others wounded" they don't even close down campus stop all classes and send everyone away? Classes were still in progress when the 2nd shooting occured, can someone confirm?

According to the press conference, the RA's immediately began a phone tree after the first incident to notify on-campus residences. The police and school officials closed the dorm building, but decided that the incident was probably isolated and that thousands of students were alreay in transit to the campus. The events of the first shooting were consolidated and broadcast in an email around 9:30 EDT, minutes before the second shooting occurred.Fickman 21:36, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Did they even stop classes, or classes went on as usual? Nothing too extreme happened only 2 dead 4 wounded. Did they send those who were on campus away/home? The article currently states classes were even in progress when the shooter found the students conveniently gathered in a class room.

First, please sign your posts. Second, please only add discussion items that contribute to the quality of the article. This isn't a place to discuss your thoughts, reviews, and reaction to the events. There are plenty of web sites with forums for you to accomplish that.Fickman 21:57, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Obviously we discuss this so as to determine if this should be mentioned in the article. The press conference was full of questions about the inaction and mistakes of campus police and leadership.

Sign your posts by adding four ~ at the end of your statements! Most of the questions regarding the decision to have classes today during the press conference came from one college journalist from another school in the area. Even if the decision to remain open was worthy of comment, the way these questions were worded show a clear bias that is unworthy of an encyclopedia. Consider eliminating phrases such was "don't even" and sarcasm such as "nothing too extreme happened. . . ". These are the types of comments I was referring to when I said you are discussing your reaction (outrage that the campus wasn't closed) and not contributing to the article.Fickman 22:13, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

This was a huge screw-up. There's no other way to spin it. I see some resignations on the horizon, but by all means, wait and see. Nothing will protect them from the media frenzy that is sure to follow in the coming days. MoodyGroove 22:53, 16 April 2007 (UTC)MoodyGroove

Newspaper article in Daily Mail says,
Last night, with 15 more victims injured and the death toll expected to rise further, police and university authorities faced stark questions about their failure to act during the crucial two hours and prevent America's worst-ever massacre.
Some students continued their work unaware there was a killer in their midst, while university authorities merely sent round an email saying that a shooting was being investigated.
source Flavourdan 03:15, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Most recent press conference (Or, what are "they" saying, and when, and from what source?)

Some interesting details:

  • Police not confirming that the two shootings are related
  • Two dead from dormitory shooting: one male and one female
  • Suspect had chained several doors of classroom building from the inside
  • Governor declared state of emergency
  • Gunman committed suicide
  • Those hurt jumping from windows are included in injury report. . . 15 injured reported (some earlier reports have not been subtracting individuals from the "injured" report when adding them to the "deceased" count)

Fickman 21:33, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

They just confirmed that the incidents were related as per news broadcast of press release.

Officers reached second floor, gunshots stopped. No interaction between police and shooter; shooter had killed himself prior to police arrival.

Still notifying families. Everyone hasn't been notified due to difficulties in contacting families.

Preliminary ID not released, though police think they know the shooter's information. They will not even state if the shooter was a student or not.

Some students present at latest press release.
Some students leapt from windows to escape shooter.
Interestingly enough, the reporters are yelling in an accusatory manner at the police chief giving the press release.
No one in custody. Police chief stated this twice.
"I'm not saying there's someone out there. I'm not saying there's not." -Police chief. They don't know for certain if the shooters from both incidents are the same individuals.
Alleged dormitory shooter does not fit description of gunman found dead on second floor.
Charles Steiger, President of V. Tech. Weldel Flinchon, chief of campus police.
As a note, schools around the country have been closed due to this.
-GanyBlack 23:54, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Inconsistent injuries (Infobox statistics)

27 lead, 15 infobox, 28 timeline. Suggest we give a range in all places.-- Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus | talk  21:38, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Give a redirect!

Yah, you forgot a redirct. Put one on or I'll revert bot this. 21:38, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

EDIT: thanks for the redirect

Statement to Use? (Or, what is considered a good source for definitive pronouncements?)

Is this any good? LABand 21:37, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Blogs are generally not considered reliable sources. Therefore, the website should not be used as a source in this article. Nishkid64 21:53, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

first victim name released

Local Student Among Dead at Va Tech 4:30 PM Apr 16, 2007

Ryan Clark of Martinez is one of the 31 victims of Monday’s shootings at Virginia Tech, according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

Clark is believed to have been shot in the first string of shootings that occurred in a dormitory.

Clark is the son of Stan and Lettie Clark of Old Petersburg Road. He has a twin brother.

An autopsy will be performed, but because of the high number of victims, it may take days to complete.

--Jake7457 21:38, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Merge proposal (Or, should we put all this on the VA Tech main page?)

I don't think any good can come from merging it. Any objections to just removing the tag? --BigDT 21:38, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Include a short summary in the VT article, but there's no way that the two should be merged. It doesn't make sense. --Bdj95 21:45, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

? (Or, where did the original talk page go?)

What happened to this page? (Netscott) 21:43, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Friendly neighborhood oversight here. Somebody posted a real name and phone number claiming that said person was the shooter. It then stayed unremoved for 60 revisions. Mackensen (talk) 21:45, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I was just coming to that conclusion... thanks for the explanation Mackensen. (Netscott) 21:46, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Deadliest “civilian” shooting?

Mackensen, can you please explain why you just removed my edit and the entire discussion about why some of us feel the statement “deadliest civilian shooting in U.S. history” is hyperbolic and inaccurate?

There have definitely been worse "civilian" shootings before (arguably to the point of genocide) in this country--just think the Wounded Knee Massacre or the Sand Creek Massacre. No way is this the "deadliest civilian" shooting...I merely changed it to "deadliest school shooting rampage in U.S. history." I was sure someone would change it back again, but I don’t see a good explanation here about why we’re insisting on this subjective statement. Efrafra 21:48, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I definitely agree that this is not the "deadliest civilian shooting" in American history. Wounded Knee Massacre is a very good example, most gunned down in that massacre were women and children. To state the fact that one has to look back to 1890, over 117 years ago, really puts into perspective for the reader the magnitude of this horrific act. Maybe we should put this issue to a survey? VinnyCee 23:21, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I would emphatically disagree with both of you. This IS the deadliest shooting in US history, as defined by all the major news outlets and as should be defined by Wikipedia. You are parsing the issue (and quite possibly out of a biased POV) to go back into Manifest Destiny history for the treatment of First Nations peoples. The 18th and 19th century killings by the military during the westward expansion (which, albeit assymetrical, were acts of war against non-citizens) are a far cry from a sicko shooting unarmed kids in the modern era. --Scientz
They're all bad, I mean how does one measure masserce, but its comparing apples and oragnes: one is a war crime the deliberate killing of civilians by soldiers and/or police. The other is a mass murder - technically they're all mass murders, but lets not get into semantics - in these cases its is a civilian who takes the life of other civilians. And then you have the case of terrorism. Was 9/11 or the OKC bombing mass murder? Absolutely! But they were both perpetrated to advance some agenda, and so they are "terrorist acts"; in the case of 9/11 arguably an act of war. The kind of dictinctions have to be kept in mind. Perhaps, largest mass shooting in American history, or largest criminal murder in US history. (Semantic I know, but it is a semantic discussion)--Dudeman5685 01:56, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Is "rampage" really necessary?Chunky Rice 21:50, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Also, both of those were carried about by the military, not civilians.Chunky Rice 21:54, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

No, it's not necessary; but it's more descriptive and does imply large numbers whereas "deadliest" just means that someone died. But the "civilian" detail has already been edited (my main objection), so I'm satisfied. You make a good point about the massacres I cited, but I was assuming "civilian" refers to the victims rather than the perpetrator. Efrafra 22:04, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Mackensen was oversighting material that provided the name of the shooter. Nishkid64 21:58, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't think that info was in the deleted conversation, though. Efrafra 22:04, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Perhaps it should note that this is a masserce by a civilian that is also against civilians. Military, civil strife events, like Kent State or by police like Haymarket would be a different context.--Dudeman5685 23:25, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Any ranking of the "worst shooting in American history" should include the Mountain Meadows massacre in 1857. While that mass murder was not limited to shootings, the death toll of 100 to 140 is higher than that of the Virginia Tech massacre. Quasar2112 01:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

The Bath massacre resulted in 44 deaths at minimum. Why are the NY Times and others reporting that this is the worst? Bath was all-civilian and perpetrated by a civilian. Primeromundo 02:40, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Bath wasn't a shooting, it was several bombings. Gdo01 02:42, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
True, but the Bath article states that it was a mass murder, and that article refrences Columbine as an example. Should that article be changed? Primeromundo 02:45, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree that some excess claims are being made in the article. Bath was more people killed in a mass killing at a school (by a bomb) and Mountain Meadows was more civilians skhot by civilians. Perhaps qualify this as the "Largest U.S. school shooting. " Edison 06:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Please keep this consistant. Just because the "news" is reporting it as the worst does not make it so. Be careful of wording. In the article it can be specified that it is the worst "school" massacre, or "shooting." But if it's a "massacre" than it is the Bath School event (refers to one killer and at a school), where he killed 48 people including himself and his wife the day before. Also it was at a "school" and goes on to mention other killings not school related. Make it clear either by one person, or by shooting, etc. Keep consistant such as massacre by shooting by a civilian, etc. Again, you cannot rely on news reports, trust me, they most often get something WRONG just about every time. Jeeny 06:30, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

The news reports from the major outlets have generally added a qualifier that it's the worst domestic civilian shooting in "modern U.S. history," which I would take to exclude 19th century massacres of native peoples. Perhaps we could add language like that? Bjackrian 11:00, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Title Consistency

There has been much debate on the use of "2007" and "Massacre" in the title, but what about at least using a capital "S" in the title. i.e. Virginia Tech Shootings as opposed to the current Virginia Tech shootings. Whether or not there was a prior shooting on the campus last year, this is clearly going to be known as the definitive Virginia Tech Shooting forever. I believe it is a large enough story to warrant the capital "S". Bluefield 21:48, 16 April 2007 (UTC) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 21:47, 16 April 2007 (UTC).

It's "shootings" instead of "Shootings" based on the Manual of Style for Wikipedia editing. That is Wikipedia policy and must be adhered to. Nishkid64 21:59, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Very weird formatting error

Why is the comma (shown between the "<here>" notations) not showing as a comma in the article?:

"|caption=[[Virginia Tech campus|Norris Hall]] |location=[[Blacksburg, Virginia|Blacksburg]]<here>,</here> [[Virginia]], [[United States]]"

John Stattic 21:49, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Conflicting Reports (Before 2nd Shooting)

I tried to post something up, but it didn't work. First, I want to say that the weapons the gunman used should be removed. Wikipedia is not a site that is supposed to report suspicion, and until things are confirmed, we can not put things based on rumor. Therefore, the guns the shooter used should be removed. Secondly, I have found articles stating that after the first shooting, the University confirmed that police had arrested a suspect. Any other confirmation on this? Any news on this? Did anyone else find this odd in their research? I think this is article is going to be more like a news channel than an encyclopedia article until we get more news. I propose removing the weapons until we have confirmation. WiiAlbanyGirl 21:50, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

TWO SHOOTINGS, holy hell... I didn't hear that Zarathrustra 22:04, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Reading trough the Collegiate Times website I've also found a claim that there is one individual in custody. What I've also found weird, is that there are two entries that state that three persons were handcuffed in-situ by the police, and carried out of Norris Hall. Has anyone find some more information about this fact? --Legion fi 07:16, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I've also found claims of a person in custody at CBS news website. They have a section that displays the different e-mails send to students, and in the final one, it says that police has one shooter in custody, and that they are looking for a second one. --Legion fi 07:27, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Shooting caught on cellphone unimatrix 21:52, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

It's also on I would refrain from posting it on the actual article because I am not sure if CNN has claims to this video. WiiAlbanyGirl 21:55, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

How would they have claims to it? The student has full copyright who shot it.

I think the person who took the video has given all rights of the video to CNN to release into public demand, but I may be wrong. Effer 22:00, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I believe YouTube links are forbidden in articles. If there's a CNN link to the video, you could add it to "External Links". Nishkid64 22:01, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Just saw the student that shot the CNN video. Jamal Albargouthi (I am not sure of the corect spelling of his last name), palestinian grad student captured the CNN video.Dreammaker182 00:37, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

we need to have a source though-Threewaysround 00:38, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Jamal Albarghouti, a Palastenian grad. student at VT, shot the cell phone video. 00:46, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

The video was submitted to CNN via their I-Report forum... here's a link to the upload page with user agreement. Under the agreement, CNN reserves the right to edit and telecast the submitted material under international license. I would guess that Albarghouti has some rights reserved but not all... upload page with agreement: Dreammaker182 01:14, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Deadliest School Massacres/Shootings Worldwide

In the interest of making the article better, shouldn't we rank this massacre/shooting (whichever the consensus goes with) not just against other incidents in the US, but also worldwide? Is this the deadliest school shooting/massacre worldwide or just in the US? Where does it rank worldwide? Ikilled007 22:01, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Well, it's not the deadliest school massacre worldwide (Bath school bombing and Beslan were worse). I don't know of its rank internationally, but it's probably pretty high up. If someone can find sources, then a section tying this shooting to other international school shootings would be appropriate. Nishkid64 22:03, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
But again, Beslan was a terrorist group, this, we think, is a "civilian crimenal" --Dudeman5685 23:31, 16 April 2007 (UTC)—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Dudeman5685 (talkcontribs) 23:29, 16 April 2007 (UTC).


I have semi-protected this page because anons and new users keep adding a name which may or may not be that of the shooter. Until an actual news source (no, not FARK) has confirmed this posting the name is libelous and the revisions that contain it will be deleted. Please revert any such addition as soon as you see it and let me or someone else listed at WP:OVERSIGHT#Users with Oversight permissions know at once. Thanks, Mackensen (talk) 21:59, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Alberto Gonzales testimony

Do we really need to include that this was delayed? It doesn't really add anything to the article.Chunky Rice 22:04, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

This can be removed. It has no real relevance to the subject. Nishkid64 22:08, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Agreed. If we listed everything that was delayed when this story broke, this article would go on forever. Ikilled007 22:13, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I respectfully disagree. If it's relevant that the legislators observed a moment of silence, it is certainly relevant that they postponed the widely-anticipated testimony of the Attorney General regarding potential perjury under oath in a hearing after which he may be forced to resign in disgrace. But if that's not relevant, neither is the White House "reportedly monitoring the story".Ribonucleic 22:34, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Ok. That seems like a valid point to me. I didn't take the other reference to the political aspect into account before. Duly noted. Ikilled007 23:46, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Until the article becomes a lot longer than it is, I see no non-political reason for removing a single sentence concerning how the event led to the postponement of a widely-anticipated political hearing in which the fate of a top Administration official hangs in the balance. However, if you are determined to delete that sentence on the basis of relevance, I am going to delete all the other politician responses as well. Ribonucleic 22:59, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

It might be appropriate to put a mention of the shootings on the page talking about his testimony (if such exists), but not the other way around, at least not yet. Chadlupkes 23:15, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I felt the politicians' responses, including the postponement, were extremely relevant for putting the attack in context. I'd be disappointed to see them go.RMSzero 23:20, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I would agree that if political aspects are going to added, it should be "all or nothing". Might as well have them in. Ribonucleic has a valid point. Ikilled007 23:48, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Again, this article isn't exactly groaning under its own weight at the moment. If (when) it gets a lot longer, I'd say all the political responses would be reasonable things to jettison. But in the meantime, the delay of the Gonzales hearing is a lot more relevant than the White House "reportedly monitoring the story". Why, I thought keeping on top of the news was sort of, you know, their job. Ribonucleic 23:39, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Seems overtly political - lots of things were delayed today because of this. Why not talk about what TV shows were pre-empted. The sentence with the President's response to the massacre is shorter than the Gonzales "context"! James 01:01, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree... Gonzales is simply not relevant to this event, nor is White House and Senate response thus far particularly notable... Certainly not encylopedic content. Now, if a federal concealed handgun bill passes as a response (think Luby's), or if the killer was ranting about the DOJ (think Luby's and Bell County), that'll would be worth noting. Rahga 01:15, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Still say Gonzales is irrelevant in this, but I did add a bit to at least tie him in a little better. Also added a bit of Bush's response to hopefully dilute any charges of "politics" James 01:38, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

How many injured??

CNN and other channels are speaking firstly about 29 injured and there was EVEN a hospital speaker said they brought 17 victims to their hospital and 12 people to other hospitals (2 of them seriously wounded). But than again, they are now speaking of 15 injured at the second scene and 4 injured in the first incident. It is also possible that some of the injured died during the reports. So how many injured are there now, does anyone know that?? ColdCase 22:07, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I don't think we do. The numbers for injuries seem to be all over the map. I've been removing statements that there are 29 confirmed injured, since that doesn't appear to be the case, as far as I can tell. I don't want to run into 3RR, though. Is this okay?Chunky Rice 22:36, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

You haven't removed it from the info box ;) But I think that's fine how it is... the info box statement has a source given for the numbers 15 and 29 and shows that there is still confusion about that! 15 are given for the northern building, 4 are given for the southern building, so it should be 19 anyway... but you see... confusing... it's somewhere between 15 and 29... just leave the info box as it is and I think we can live with the rest ;) ColdCase 22:48, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Well, I don't contest that there have been reports that 29 people have been injured. That's certainly true. It's just that combining the number with the word "confirmed" or "at least" that I object to.Chunky Rice 23:04, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

List of shooting victims (Or, is MySpace a reliable source?)

Found a myspace VT link with a list of many victims names. Can I assume it would be incredibly irresponsible to put the link, even though it seems very sincere? --Elg26 22:16, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Yes, you can assume that. Moncrief 22:20, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Fails our external link and soruceing guidelines so yes.Geni 22:20, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Not a good idea to put myspace on Wikipedia. The list shouldn't be copy-pasted either, because Wikipedia is not a memorial. // Sean William (PTO) 22:22, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
That is what I thought. Just checking since new. Thanks --Elg26 22:24, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Why is there no "list" of shooting victims. As far as I know, already 3 victims have been confirmed by the media. --Shivreddy 03:31, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

The policy is that "Wikipedia is not a memorial." But when a tragedy like this occurs well-meaning editors sometimes start adding the names of the victims, then some nice words about each, and when the funeral will be, etc. These additions usually get removed, but for some reason we have usually kept victims names for massacres, but not for plane crashes. A rationale I have for why this happens is that in a school shooting, the people are not always just helpless victims like in a plane crash. Some students held the door shut to keep the killer from returning to the room to finish the job. Others survived by jumping out the window. At Columbine, some talked to the killers. The dead may have influneced the course of the events, which unfolded over a span of time, unlike victims of a bombing or plane crash. Some of the deceased may have through their actions, saved the lives of others. Additional survivor accounts may emerge to allow a narrative account of the interactions of victims with the shooter over the course of the rampage. Edison 06:11, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
We don't keep the names of, say, Beslan or 9/11 for obvious reasons, but it is feasible to keep the names of school shooting victims or those killed in catastrophes in the same scope, and it's my impression that we do. Penn State, Columbine, the 1991 Russian attack on Lithuania, etc. I wouldn't be averse to one-line descriptions such as giving their ages and jobs/subjects, but more than that might be too much. --Kizor 06:49, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

World Reactions?

Why was this section I just added deleted? I had a quote from a prominent Canadian MP?--RobNS 22:22, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

For one thing, you stuck it as the headline for all the other reactions from U.S. & state sources. For another, this was one quote from one political leader from another nation, which hardly amounts to being "world reaction": it's the reaction of one person from one nation. Nor do I think it wise to start a laundry list of such statements. But perhaps later, after an article in the media provides a summary about world reaction, it might be more relevant to have such a subsection under the general section "Reaction." --Yksin 22:34, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
You are quite correct Yksin, I guess I was jumping the gun. Best wishes on this sombre day.--RobNS 22:36, 16 April 2007 (UT


Support change to "massacre"

  • I agree that it should be known as a "massacre" because of the sheer number of deaths. esposimi 11:36, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I am in favor only if "shooting" is changed to "massacre". Starks 18:21, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support- I believe it would be useful for such a horrible incident. Massacre should be used per Starks. Funpika 18:23, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - I am in favor too. This is a massacre. Lg1223 18:25, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - This is the worst school massacre in US history, the most wounded and dead ever in one incident; therefore, based on the facts it qualifies a massacre. EnviroGranny 18:34, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - call it what it really is. Betaeleven 19:02, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Yes on "massacre" [to parallel Columbine High School massacre], no on date. The 2006 incident wasn't a massacre (2 dead) and didn't happen on campus. As for the date, look at it this way: If people still remember this 20, 25, 30 years from now, they probably won't remember what year it was. If this were a print encyclopedia, they wouldn't look under "2007," just like they wouldn't look for Columbine under "1999." --zenohockey 19:15, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - WP calls it a massacre on the front page, as does CNN. Cleduc 20:16, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - per others. Good friend100 22:29, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - per the fact that nearly every other language Wiki covering this is using the word "Massacre". (Netscott) 22:29, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Moncrief 22:37, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - My definition of massacre is at least 10 dead. Smaller incidents are referred to as massacre. This is unquestionably one as well, and no amount of administrative micromanagement can change that. --Kitch (Talk : Contrib) 22:47, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per media calling it a massacre. Effer 22:49, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I support changing the name to massacre too. Babalooo 22:59, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • support. If the news is saying its a massacre and its the deadliest school shooting, there is no reason to not say it is a massacre KSL 23:03, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - A shooting would imply that someone was shot, a shootout means an exchange of gunfire between authorities and suspects, a massacre more accurately portrays the events of today due to the number of victims, which have far surpassed other schools shootings with gun violence. immunity 23:07, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Supportkyle 23:09, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support CBS News tonight called it a "Massacre", and it was a worse shooting than the Columbine High School massacre. Wahkeenah 23:17, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, if Columbine was a massacre, then this definitely qualifies as it was 3x as deadly. JohnnyBGood t c VIVA! 23:18, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Partial Support, I'd change it to "Shooting Massacre". Ikilled007 23:31, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, as other people said, this is worse than the Columbine massacre. The ConundrumerTC 23:34, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, This is a mssacre, not just a shooting. I support the move. CaptPicard 23:40, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support completely, without year, per Columbine's article and countless reliable sources. Italiavivi 23:50, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support BobafettH23 00:06, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I don't see why not. It is a massacre. Malamockq 00:11, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per Drudge. But seriously, it's being called a massacre everywhere. Massacre is a legitimate word with a definition - a definition that fits this to a 'T' --Elliskev 00:35, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • SUPPORT per above!--F3rn4nd0 (BLA BLA BLA) 00:46, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - CNN, ABC, FOX, Drudge all call it a massacre. Wikipedia list shootings with less deaths as massacre James 00:52, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Due to the fact that this is the worst (non-warfare) mass shooting in U.S. History and that it is for the most part referred as massacre in the media, and clearly meets the definition of the word I don’t see it all as POV, Webster’s defines it as “1 : the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty” I agree that it should be changed. ▪◦▪≡ЅiREX≡Talk 00:56, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Media is calling it a massacre. Its place in US history is just as important as other events named massacre. Ocatecir Talk 01:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Everyone seems to be referring to it as such. Sjmcfarland 01:13, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Rspectful naming. --Iriseyes 02:44, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Uifz
  • Support Let's call a spade a spade. PaddyM 03:42, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per all reasons stated above. K. Lásztocska 05:24, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support To be quite honest, I thought the word "massacre" was very appropriate given that these shootings faired much worse than the Columbine shootings and ended with the same outcome -- the gunman committing suicide rather than turning himself in... So "massacre" is a go!!! --WIKISCRIPPS 07 TUE APR 16 2007 1:59 AM EDT (TUE APR 16 2007 5:59 AM UTC)
  • Support without the year, because I do not expect it to be an annual event! But the Mountain Meadows massacre had a higher death toll in an American shooting of civilians by civilians. We would just be following what CBS and CNN call it. Edison 06:18, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Voting is Evil

  • Golbez 18:21, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Nil Einne 18:23, 16 April 2007 (UTC) Also, we should wait a few days until things die down IMHO
  • I agree with Golbez. I dont think it should be a vote however a discussion. Please see above proposal to iunclude 2007 due to there also being a 2006 shooting covered here. -- Chrislk02 (Chris Kreider) 18:24, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Massacre is a POV title if we call the incident that ourselves. If the majority of media outlets in English (and eventually, any books or other significant writing on the subject) begin calling it a "massacre", then it would be an appropriate title for the article. Wikipedia does not exist to pass moral judgements on whether or not something is a "horrible incident", it exists to catalog information from other sources. A Traintalk 18:46, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
    Absolute nonsense. See here. Massacre is a term which has a certain factual meaning which can be objectively determined in any case. There is nothing POV or subjective about it. It means large-scale indiscriminate killing. Kasreyn 09:57, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Sorry, Wikipedia is not a democracy. This "vote" is pointless. It will stay as a shooting for now and when the media has settled on a term, perhaps we will use that. JHMM13 23:03, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Don't forget that Wikipedia is not a government either. (Netscott) 23:04, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Sorry, I just can't see the desire to avoid offending friends of the shooter by avoiding the word massacre. That argument against calling a mass killing a "massacree" usually pops up only when soldiers have shot a bunch of civilians and some think it must have been justified. Edison 06:21, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I would like to imagine I edit at a Wikipedia where one editor correctly arguing for the correct application of WP policy would outweigh any number of wrongful "votes". But then, I would also like to own a unicorn. WP is not a democracy. The incident is whatever reliable third party sources call it. Kasreyn 09:59, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Propagandistic slogans are Evil

But it is too soon to poll on this... let's have discussion first and then if necessary go the polling route. (Netscott) 18:24, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Voting is Good

But I dont have an opinion (but am following the article, of course), SqueakBox 03:26, 17 April 2007 (UTC)


  • If you're going to put 2007, why not add the date as well in the title. There is no need for it, it's senseless and a waste of space. People will understand what it is, being this is on the Wiki front page.

Ruhe1986 18:24, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

  • The official naming policy for disasters would make this 2007 "Virginia Tech shooting/massacre" as per [2] TheGoogle 00:25, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Virginia Tech shootings works for me. We don't need to be sensationalist. --  timc  talk   00:56, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Comment With all due respect, calling an incident involving the mass murder of 32 people in one shot a "massacre" is hardly sensationalist. Five, definitely. Ten, maybe. Thirty-two? Absolutely not. --Kitch (Talk : Contrib) 02:29, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Even if the media refers to the event by this name, "Massacre" is only being used as an attention getter, and does not provide any factual information. I wouldn't mind a link pointing the 'massacre' name to the 'shootings' article, but to use a 'massacre' name would just give validity to sensationalist media. --Quanticles 01:39, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
How exactly do you know that "massacre is only being used as an attention getter," Quanticles? Italiavivi 01:46, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I consider killings of over 100 people massacres... 30, not so much —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Quanticles (talkcontribs) 03:51, 17 April 2007 (UTC).
  • Oppose Use of the term "massacre" can be disputed and is based on who is talking about it. The term "shooting" however is indisputably accurate.John R S 02:46, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose It was a shooting. I think giving it some corny name like "The VT Massacre" turns it into more of a media spectacle than a human tragedy. DerwinUMD 03:24, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Hmmm, the word "shooting" seems so not - final... like, "people were shot, but after a few weeks at the hospital they were ok". With the word "massacre" there is a definite finality to what happened to those who were shot. Others have proposed the title "Virginia Tech shooting massacre"... that might be better as the title would explain how the massacre occurred. (Netscott) 03:30, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose of course I'm late. LOL. I can't believe it's changed to massacre. Well, I can, but still. Now the artcle can get really wayward. School "shootings" > School massacres > massacres by a maniac > massacre by shooting > massacre by one civilian > killing not relating to politcale reasons > killing of children > on and on and on. The article will be a mess. At least the history section is fine for now. Jeeny 07:06, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I guess I'm late too. I don't like Massacre being in the title at all, it does come across as a tabloid headline rather than something more factual and encyclopedic. But, I'd be happy to see it changed back to "Shooting".
  • Oppose I am late as well but I feel quite strongly about this for the reasons most of the other people have already given. This was a shooting. Whether or not it can also be defined as a massacre is inconsequential, because the only reason CNN was describing it as such is because it looks better in huge letters on their front page. Massacre carries connotations... shooting doesn't, or at least not as many. In accordance with the goal of utmost encyclopedic accuracy I think it makes sense to refer to it by the simplest name possible, particularly as this event is not being referred to by most sources as "The Virginia Tech Massacre". Please reconsider. Ennuified 11:52, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Move to "Virgina Tech massacre"?

I just think it sounds much more appropriate and respectful, so what do you guys think? Effer 21:16, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

No. Not NPOV until it becomes generally called that. - O^O 21:18, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
How is "massacre" more respectful than "shootings"? If anything, it sounds more inflammatory to me. --  timc  talk   21:20, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Columbine and Luby's are called massacres with a lot less death. Fox News and CNN are already calling it a massacre in their graphics. James 21:22, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
If nothing more than for consistency's sake it should be renamed. Unless this has some sort of terroristic root this is almost assuredly going to become known as a massacre. (Netscott) 21:23, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
shootings is euphemistic and POV --TheFEARgod (Ч) 21:22, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
But the media is already calling it a massacre. Effer 21:24, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Patience, people! It's a shooting as of now, and let's keep it that way until the full details of the situation unravel. We can consider whether or not "massacre" is appropriate, then. Nishkid64 21:28, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
See (Netscott) 21:29, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I like the current title. The media is using "massacre" for ratings purposes. Wikipedia should not go there. Shooting is sufficient. --Bdj95 22:20, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
And now CNN's back to "shooting", I guess everyone feeds off of everyone else. :-) (Netscott) 22:36, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Not worth it to change. Its not like the word "shooting" is incorrect, so i say no to changing it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kevin Lakhani (talkcontribs) 23:05, 16 April 2007 (UTC).
And back to massacre (+"bloodbath"). (Netscott) 23:38, 16 April 2007 (UTC)


Nobody finds it odd that the corresponding articles in Czech, Danish, Spanish, French, Finnish, Portuguese and Swedish all have the word "massacre" in their titles? Óðinn 21:44, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Indeed, that's what it is... (Netscott) 21:45, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
They may have been following our lead, and even if they weren't, just because they're calling it that doesn't mean that's the proper name. This is an American event, and this is the English article... I assume we're leading the WP pack on this one. Ennuified 12:49, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Agreed, CNN is now headlining the story as a massacre, its silly that its still being described as a shooting here.

Can some administrator please hurry up and make this move? The redirect page prevents "regular" editors from doing it. Italiavivi 21:47, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
This is being discussed above. Effer 21:48, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Funny English Wikipedia usually isn't the "follower" see: cs:Masakr na Virginia Tech, da:Massakren på Virginia Tech, es:Masacre de Virginia Tech, fr:Tuerie à l'université de Virginia Tech (Tuerie = Massacre), pt:Massacre de Virginia Tech. (Netscott) 21:54, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
"Discussed above" nothing, reliable sources and Wikipedia's Main Page both refer to this as a massacre. This is a massacre, correct the title. Italiavivi 21:55, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I still advise against doing this at the current time. Let things settle out in the next few days before making any final name changes. Nishkid64 21:56, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Well duh, the main page is calling it a massacre? I love when the right hand doesn't talk to the left hand. :-) (Netscott) 21:57, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
It's not something that needs moved at this time, could confuse new editors and such, also not all news sources are describing it as a massacre (BBC at the moment still calling this a shooting). -- Nick t 21:59, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
It is most definitely something that needs to be moved at this time, per Wikipedia's Main Page and available reliable sources. Italiavivi 22:08, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
The BBC now uses “massacre” to describe events. That accurately distinguishes it from the genera “shooting”, in which nobody may have died. JohnLam 04:43, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
As per Wikipedia custom, British language norms apply to British topics and American norms apply to American topics. (Netscott) 22:01, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't understand why we can't move the page as Wikipedia's own main page states it as a massacre? 22:11, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I love that the Main page now says "A series of shootings" instead of "massacre", now that someone has gone and moved the page. Can we please change it back now? --  timc  talk   01:00, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Agreed to keep it at 'shootings' until common use of 'massacre' is confirmed by at least a few days of media reports. Names of events take a bit of time to settle. Until then, we should have a descriptive and non-loaded title (it is not our place to call this a massacre - let common usage dictate that to us). That said, this is really a horrible day and my thoughts are with the family of the slain. --mav 22:10, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree with mav Zarathrustra 22:37, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Realize that the Main Page headline was changed to reflect "massacre" by another Wikipedia admin. When I originally added the entry, I left it as "shooting". I am now changing it back to "shooting". Nishkid64 22:57, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
You need to recuse yourself from editing the "In the News" template immediately, Nishkid64. Your involvement in this article's naming dispute, in addition to your POV that "massacre" is inappropriate even on Columbine's article, completely warrants a cessation of editing it on your part. Italiavivi 23:22, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

CBS News tonight called it a "Massacre". Wahkeenah 23:15, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

ABC News also called it a massacre. Effer 23:29, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Media uses words to attract the emotions of viewers. That is simply what they are doing. What news organizations are calling it has nothing to do what a NPOV encyclopedia calls it. Nishkid64 23:32, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
This is a fallacious argument. Wikipedia doesn't go by what it determines to call a thing, it goes by what its sources call it. (Netscott) 23:35, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Nishkid64, your speculation as to the media's intent has no place in determining article content. Italiavivi 23:41, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Netscott, we go by NPOV. Newspaper sources make their own titles up. If we were to go by our sources, then why do we choose to go by titles like 2004 Madrid train bombings, 7 July 2005 London bombings or 11 July 2006 Mumbai Train Bombings instead of replacing "bombings" with "massacre"? Nishkid64 23:47, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
You are exploiting WP:NPOV to support your skepticism of the media. WP:ATTRIBUTION (WP:RS) is paramount where Wikipedia policy is concerned. Italiavivi 23:53, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps it is speculation on my part but when something surrounds a bombing it is expected that there will be many casualties... but when it is a lone shooter there isn't such an expectation. You can be sure that if every source was describing those events as "massacres" though (as what is essentially occuring now with this event), we'd be doing so as well. (Netscott) 23:51, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Italiavivi, "shooting" is NPOV. That is agreed upon by everyone. Some people feel "massacre" isn't. For that reason, the ITN headline was changed. I'm saying just wait a few days before making a final decision. That's all I'm asking. If we open the floodgates now, we're just going to have a move war. Netscott, even if all the newspapers use the word "massacre", I don't think using that title should be used on a Wikipedia article since it would appear we are promoting a common interpretation of the word "massacre" -- an atrocious and devastating act committed against innocent people. I personally feel that a reader can judge for himself if the situation appropriately fits in the scheme of a "massacre". Nishkid64 00:00, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
You again state your belief that "massacre" should not be used in Wikipedia articles. You have a clear stance in this dispute, a stance you seem to hold above taking the naming from the mainstream of reliable sources. Italiavivi 00:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
If we take the name from mainstream sources, then we'd have to change the titles of a good number of articles. That's what I'm saying. "Massacre" is a subjective term, and when the newspapers use it, it doesn't imply that we should. Nishkid64 00:08, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
It occurs to me that "shooting" doesn't convey death. Shooting is ambiguous in that sense. You can have shootings without having fatalities. Shouldn't the headline reflect fatalities? Ikilled007 00:40, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree, Ikilled. This is exactly why "massacre" is more accurate. Italiavivi 01:48, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Shooting may not be the appropriate title, but if that's the case, I do not think that massacre is either. We can name it based on our sources, but surely everyone realizes that most likely it will be known as something else over time. Basing this huge argument on a sensationalized headline is a bit silly... they didn't call the September 11th attacks 9/11 until after the events themselves had transpired and the media storm had settled. This argument is premature and unless the name massacre sticks I think it's stupid to waste time bothering with it and just call it "shooting" because that's the simplest thing. Ennuified 11:58, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Requested move

I've put in a formal move request for this article, to Virginia Tech massacre. A section with this title is requested by the move template. Again, it is referred to as "massacre" on Wikipedia's Main Page as well as foreign language Wikipedias, not to mention available reliable sources. There is no merit to calling this "shootings" over "massacre" whatsoever. Italiavivi 22:02, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I disagree with the requested move. No definitive name has been acheived in the media (about a million things this has been called), therefore, no need to move. Wait until the media's consensus is discovered, then change title. Mahalo. --Ali'i 22:07, 16 April 2007 (UTC) Add: Also, what WP calls it on the main page, nor what foreign language WPs call it has any bearing on the correct title. Google News results show both have plenty of useage [3], [4].
You disagree with the sources. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]. All five of America's major news outlets, there. Italiavivi 22:16, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
There are many others (including the same ones that you list here) that refer to it as "shootings". Take this for instance. We can find thousands of sources to show either name. Neither is the "most common name" yet. --Ali'i 22:21, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
It's my opinion that it would better to call it a "mass shooting" or something of that sort than just massacre or just shooting. The Title should convey that the deaths were caused by shooting, and massacre is non-specific. However, just calling it a shooting without some adjective or description of the numbers doesn't capture the scope. The title should capture both the scope of the death and the method of the death, in my opinion. Nevertheless, I think this is a very unimportant issue overall. Ikilled007 22:12, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Massacre is a POV title if we call the incident that ourselves. If the majority of media outlets in English (and eventually, any books or other significant writing on the subject) begin calling it a "massacre", then it would be an appropriate title for the article. Wikipedia does not exist to pass moral judgements, it exists to catalog information from other sources. A Traintalk 22:14, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
[10] [11] [12] [13] [14] Italiavivi 22:16, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree - wait for the media to form a consensus. We don't need to jump the gun. --mav 22:16, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
[15] [16] [17] [18] [19] Italiavivi 22:17, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I'm seeing "rampage", not "massacre" at half of those links that you've put up Italiavivi. Wikipedia is not a race. If the media wants to call it a massacre to sell newspapers and get ratings, that's fine. "Shootings" is a neutral title and the article should stay there until there is a consensus on what this event will be called. That consensus may not even be clear for months, so what's your rush? I don't see what we gain from moving the article to that title right now. A Traintalk 22:34, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
What is the best Title? "Mass Shooting"? Ikilled007 22:19, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
The "best" (most accurate, consistent, and reliably sourced) title is Virginia Tech massacre. Italiavivi 22:18, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
My opinion: Leave as is for now, wait for the media to form a concensus on a name for the event. It's easy enough to move/rename that we can afford to wait. I'm not swayed by arguments about what other-language Wikipedias are doing: they are not the media. --Yksin 22:24, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
ABC, FOX, CNN, Drudge: all call it the Virginia Tech Massacre James 00:52, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
"Massacre" is unfortunately the best term for what happened. Shooting doesn't adequately describe what transpired. Bluefield 22:29, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Why are all of you so concerned about something so trivial? It was a [mass] shooting. Just leave it as it is. --anon
Massacres can be accomplished through a variety of means. A shooting is a mass killing using guns. Thus your assertion is false (even though this almost certainly will be called a massacre, it is too early for us to make that leap). --mav 22:33, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Agreed. There's simply no hurry on renaming this article, the current title is accurate and we can pick a new one in a few days when the media has definitely reached some consensus as to what to call this. --Xyzzyplugh 22:36, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
"Massacre" is I feel a bit too lip-smacking, tawdry and sensationalist and as someone says above it was a shooting isnt "Massacre" POV?Stevenscollege 22:38, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
So you'll be headed over to Columbine's article to change it ASAP, then? Shame on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, and CBS for being "lip-smacking," "tawdry," and "sensationalist." Italiavivi 22:52, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I would disagree with the usage of "massacre" for the Columbine article. However, I understand that the title takes on "massacre" because that is how it is predominantly referred to. I'm requesting that people wait before jumping the gun and asking for a page move. I've changed the In The News headline back to "campus shooting" from "school massacre". Nishkid64 23:01, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Your editing of the ITN template to agree with your position in this naming dispute is a completely inappropriate use of your sysop access. You should abstain from editing the ITN template so long as you are an active advocate for one side in this naming dispute. Italiavivi 23:04, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Funny I was thinking the same thing. WP:COI comes to mind. (Netscott) 23:06, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Italiavivi, you justified your case by saying the Main Page had "massacre". That itself was the POV of one administrator. I originally added the headline to ITN as "school shooting". As I've stated before, we refrain from having POV terms on ITN, and leave the judgment to readers at the actual article. Nishkid64 23:34, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
While I'm not sure the word "massacre" is NPOV, I am quite sure "School shooting" doesn't quite do the event justice. At the very least shooting should be plural. As I said elsewhere, an appropriate NPOV title would reflect both the scope of the killing in terms of numbers dead and the method used. The method was shooting. This is not disputed. But the scope is "massive" or "multiple" etc. That's why I'd call it a "Mass Shooting" or a "Shooting Spree" or even "Shooting Massacre" instead of just a "shooting" or just a "massacre". No one else agree with me? Ikilled007 23:28, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Shouldn't the year be included, i.e. 2007 Virginia Tech massacre or 2007 Virginia Tech shootings? These titles are currently used as redirects. Andrew (My talk) 23:07, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I doubt this event would ever occur again at Virginia Tech, so the year shouldn't probably be included. Nishkid64 23:34, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Speculative. The event took place in 2007 and that should be reflected in the Title, in my opinion. There was another shooting near Virginia Tech just last year (2006) that is referenced at the top of this very article. I vote the date stays. Ikilled007 23:53, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Oh right, I forgot about that. Well, there seems to be no article on that previous shooting, so I could either way on this one. It seems better to leave it as it is, only because an article on the other shooting doesn't exist. Nishkid64 00:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
The other situation was discussed at William Morva. If I recall correctly, there were several different articles that were merged there because he had no notability outside of his one day of infamy. --BigDT 00:18, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Not to mention that the William Morva incident didn't take place at Virginia Tech, so there's no reason it would be called "Virginia Tech shootings". --Yksin 00:25, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
(edit conflicted) The article says the shooting didn't occur at Virginia Tech. Therefore, I don't think a date should be added. There was no prior shooting at the actual university. The previous shooting was close by, but not actually on campus. Nishkid64 00:26, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

if by the off chance there is another shoting at virginia tech. we can just redirect it then, but for now i don't think we need a date, the Columbine page doesn't have a date.-Threewaysround 00:29, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I've moved the page (you've probably all noticed) - it seems there's pretty solid consensus here for a move and it's going to be the most likely phrase to be searched under going by the coverage in the media. Any problems, you all know where you can shout at me. -- Nick t 00:55, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

"Mass shooting" or "Rampage" as a way of avoiding the news media's consensus "Massacre" as a euphemistic title is right up there with calling World War 2 "The Recent Unpleasantness." Edison 06:26, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Wait and see, this tragedy will eventually get a common name. We just have to wait and see what it will be called. --MoRsE 08:32, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
In the meantime, I'll be content to be a tad embarrassed for all the people pushing to call it "massacre" when it's obviously premature. I strongly feel we should change it to "Virginia Tech shootings" until there as a consensus on the way this will be referred to in the public in the future, which will be at least a week or two. Ennuified 12:04, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Does this really need an Infobox?

Does this article really need an infobox? It seems to me that having one is sensationalist in nature, almost as if we are "keeping score". Does anyone share my sentiment? If so, I want to propose a keep/remove vote on the matter. -- Mrpaco 02:46, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

share the sentiment? not in any way, infoboxes aren't "sensationalist" and the "score" isn't even changing. it's just a way of building a better article and providing the facts at a glance. infobox is just fine tomasz. 09:57, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Something's deathly wrong with this page (Or, formatting hell?)

Somewhere in all of this the entirety of the page was copied over so it all appears twice, except for new comments. How to sort it all out? --Yksin 22:40, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I've attempted to fix this. Unfotunately this talk page is moving fast and so there may be some folks who need to reestablish some of their commentary. (Netscott) 22:47, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Thanks Netscott. I was growing horribly confused. I've got one to reestablish one comment for myself -- this will be my third time putting it in! --Yksin 22:52, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
You know what's wrong with this page? People complaining about its title and that it isn't accurate enough. It's sick some of the discussions going on in here. 32 people had their lives taken away. Some here are letting go of that and bickering over trivial things in life, such as the title of this page.---350z33
Well, this is the talk page for the article itself. The discussion on here is supposed to be about things such as the title of the page. Zeppelin462 22:53, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, with all due respect, this is Wiki"pedia". As Zeppelin462 said, the talk page is here for this kind of stuff. --Wjmoore17 02:17, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I've been attempting to fix some of the formatting on this page and clarify some of the subject headings so they get reused instead of restarted. If someone wants to help, please do. --Dynaflow 02:25, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Current Event?? (Or, why is that tag still there if it's "over?")

Actually, this article is NOT documenting a current event but a past event! On the other hand, information is still changing quickly. I think the current template isn't correct. Any idea how we can change that? I suggested {{ currentevent | article is about a past incident that is still under investigation. That is why it}} but it was removed again a few minutes later by another user. That's ok with me as long as we find some solution. It simply isn't a current event! ColdCase 22:41, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Not so, the event isnt merely the shootings but the consequences and this is very current!
You, forgot to sign ;) Hugh, so the article is actually about the investigation as well!? Ah... anyhow... if everyone is fine with that template, who cares... I just thought... "current? what?" but anyway... ColdCase 22:50, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Day of Silence (Or, will there be one, and should we include it?)

Does anyone know if there is a planned day of silence soon to honor those who died? ZombieSlayer54 23:08, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

not that i know of, but i don't think that is of great importance right now (in refrence to the article, i think that a day/hour/something of silence is definatly needed and important, just not in the article).
peace out-Threewaysround 23:00, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
ps. you forgot to sign
A moment of silence is definitely helpful, by assisting the mourning process. I'm sure one will be established when the time is appropriate. By the way, I'd just like to mention that I'm actually proud of the way wikipedians are dealing with this situation, the article page is not only informative but makes a point of establishing sources for everything in it. It's certainly a sad day for the US and particularly for VA, and I'm just glad that the 'pedia is doing a pretty good job of putting together all of the information that's flying around. † RIP. SaulPerdomo 23:25, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Why is this talk page protected?

Why is this talk page sprotected? Zyxwvutsrqp 22:59, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Anons have been chronically adding the name of someone who is supposedly the shooter while there's no reliable reports about such a thing. (Netscott) 23:00, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
But why is the talk page sprotected? Atleast there should be a subpage where anons and recent accounts can write something. Zyxwvutsrqp 23:01, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Because that's where they've been adding the info. WP:BLP is explicit about not doing that... thus the sprotection in accord with BLP. (Netscott) 23:03, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Sprotecting the talk page without providing another place for new-account and anon suggestions (especially since this is a current news event) would seem to preclude any contributions from lurkers and people who are not wikipedians already. Zyxwvutsrqp 23:09, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Not that I disagree with the semiprotect or the uselessness of idle speculation on the shooter's identity from anons, but I'm not entirely clear on how Wikipedia: Biographies of living persons applies in a case where virtually the only thing we know about a person is that they are no longer living? --ByeByeBaby 00:08, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
The reason BLP applies is that is a person speculates to the identity of the shooter and they get it wrong, there is a good chance that person is alive. Natalie 00:53, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Which is the appropriate template for sprotect? It should appear at the top of this talk page. template:pp-semi-vandalism or template:sprotected? Zyxwvutsrqp 23:06, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Template:Pp-semi-protected looks like the likely candidate.. there should be a BLP one though for sure. (Netscott) 23:09, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

People who insist on stating a name which might not be the killer can find a blog somewhere. We must follow WP:BLP. There has been at least one other person who was named as the bad guy and got tens of thousands of death threats from people with questionable logic. When the police release a name will be an appropriate time to discuss it here. Edison 06:31, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Univeristy shootings (Or, statistics, who's got 'em?)

Can someone place some stats comparing this shooting to other shootings at universities? Zyxwvutsrqp 23:00, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Response from gun-control and pro-gun groups? (Or, does it merit inclusion?)

I just heard on the radio that a progun group said that if one of the students had a handgun that he could have shot the gunman and saved lives. Armed college students. What an great idea. I bet others are calling for stricter gun laws. Should this be talked about here? Babalooo 23:05, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I would argue against it. Readers can ponder issues of gun control/gun rights on their own. Ikilled007 23:08, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Likely doesn't belong, but if there's a NPOV section related to it here's a possible source for some quotes from school officials regarding a recent (January 07) bill realted to guns at school. — xaosflux Talk 00:56, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
In Texas at the Luby Cafeteria the killer went around shooting people and reloading like this guy. Supposedly Texas allowed concealed carrying of firearms after that on the rationale that someone with a gun could have shot the killer. If editorial writers or Virginia legislators revive the move to allow concealed carry by the students, then that could have a place in the article. If it is just gun fans on blogs, then it does not belong in the article. Edison 06:37, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I think its interesting to note that the gun man had only pistols. I beleive that the columbine shootings included submachine guns? I think it shows that its not the gun, its the shooter. I'm guessing an Asian man with an assualt rifle but no gun training might kill less than this shooter who seems to know how to use the guns. --AGruntsJaggon 07:44, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

"Could This Have Been Prevented" Section (Or, should one be included?)

I think this whole section should go. Not encyclopedic at all. Purely speculative, regardless of which side of the issue you come down on -- arming students or banning anything from shoe laces to bubble gum wrappers if they can be used as weapons on campus. Ikilled007 23:13, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree, total speculation and adds nothing to the article as it stands. Lisiate 23:16, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Not encyclopedic at all. That sort of stuff belongs in blogs. Nishkid64 23:24, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
There is an angle on this that could be productively explored in the article, specifically a news article from last year in which a Virginia Tech administrator was quoted voicing approval after the Virginia Assembly quashed a bill that would have allowed students to carry concealed weapons on campus if they had otherwise-valid Virginia CCWs. This is especially relevant given the previous weapons-related incidents on VA Tech' campus. The article is here: [20]
"A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly. ... Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. 'I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus.'"--Dynaflow 00:58, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Still, until more, resoursable info comes about(ala Columbine), it should stay out for now. Seems a bit too early after the incident to add that, anyways.(Mario66 01:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC))
If someone wants to look into what non-primary-source material is available on it, (Clery Act reports, etc.), I think he or she should go for it and just post it on the discussion page for vetting first. It's a legitimate subtopic related to emergency management aspects of the situation, and there's no reason to preemptively halt its exploration. --Dynaflow 01:26, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Is "rampage" npov?

It seems a little inflamatory to me, as in "shooting rampage." Wouldn't something like "incident" be better? I've already take it out a couple times, so I just want to see if there's any consensus on this.Chunky Rice 23:13, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Not sure. What's the standard English usage for the word? Ikilled007 23:15, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
[21]. Chunky Rice 23:38, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, I just don't know. Could go either way. I have no opinion. Ikilled007 23:42, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Here is the definition, I don't think it violates NPOV: rampage: 1. violent or excited behavior that is reckless, uncontrolled, or destructive. Certainly parts of that definition could be npov, such as uncontrolled, but since the different descriptions are seperated by or's instead of and's, and if you look at the bolded text I think that accurately describes what this was. Gopher backer 23:54, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
The media seems to be using "rampage" as often as "massacre", so I'd say it's fine. Krushia 01:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I'm no English professor, but would 32 murders really be considered an "incident"? That's taking political correctness to an absurd level. The word "incident" really doesn't fit the magnitude of the whole thing. --Wjmoore17 02:23, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
It's not really a matter of 'political correctness' so much as trying not to be sensationalistic. The term rampage is subject to opinions and different connotations - much like 'massacre' as opposed to shooting.John R S 02:50, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Where'd my post go? (Or, where do rumors go when they die?)

Who erased it? Why? Should I post the whole email? Babalooo 23:18, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

There was just a post about not posting rumors, now thats gone too. Babalooo 23:23, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I didn't see that warning. Sorry. Babalooo 23:22, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Was the University or Police Response Criminally Negligent? (And does it matter to Wikipedia?)

I say that the article should tell us enough as readers that we can make up our own minds about if it was. As facts become clear, we should put some focus on what was and was not done by university administration and police in the hours after the first 9-1-1 call was made. Dnklu 23:38, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not the place for speculation, original research, or anything else of that sort. We are an encyclopedia, not an instrument for social justice. At any rate, even the most lunatic media types aren't claiming criminal negligence and I suggest that this topic should be removed. --BigDT 23:55, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Dnklu didn't suggest original research. Re-read what he said. Malamockq 00:15, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I am not calling for speculation. I am calling for attention to the facts that allow the reader to answer this question for him/herself. It sure looks like a bunch of lives could have been saved had officials acted at 7:15 or soon thereafter. Why should the time line not talk about when the building was locked down, areas cordoned off, when the campus was locked down, when the police were first notified, etc. Officials assumed that the killer had left campus. Was that reasonable? This is the most interesting question for many readers, I would think. Let's make sure those facts get into the main page. This is important. And an accurate encyclopedia is an social justice. Especially one that is free. Dnklu 00:11, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Certainly the timeline should include those facts, if we have reliable sources for them. But whether their assumption was reasonable is not a question which Wikipedia can ask. Once we have reliable sources asking those questions, we can include those questions, citing those reliable sources - i.e. "John Doe, a professor of criminal justice at Anywhere State University, questioned whether campus officials had reacted appropriately to the shooting. But Ann Droid, executive director of the Campus Security Association, said it was unfair to criticize reactions which unfolded in a crisis situation." We can't ask questions, but we can report that others have asked questions. FCYTravis 00:20, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
including in the timeline when they locked down the school and such would be fine, but whether their actions/speed was resonable is OR, and whether they are criminally neglegent or not is OR-Threewaysround 00:19, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree. This is a neutral encyclopedia, and promoting a point of view of irresponsibility on behalf of the college administration would be against policy. Nishkid64 00:20, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

IT DOES MATTER! Some example key questions: (1) When did the Virginia Tech Police inform the other police for the county that they need help? Or did they never ask for help? (2) Are they a real police force, sworn, with guns and training for dealing with shootings and their own SWAT team and everything? (3) What were the policies of university security? Where they followed? (4) Where the assumptions that the gunmen had left campus based on something convincing? What? Was that really the assumption at all that caused the seemingly very slow reaction? (5) Who made the relevant decisions? Readers need to be able to judge if the people in charge behaved in a reasonable way, not very reasonable, criminally unreasonable or what? If being objective means we can't look for those facts and expert opinions that help the reader hold officials accountable, than we need to re-define objectivity/neutrality to make it useful. As long as we are looking for facts on all sides of this question and reporting reality, we can be totally objective/neutral, and still talk about the important questions: Was this a failure of policy and administration or was this a totally unavoidable or somewhere in between. Again, it isn't our opinion on the question that should be in the article, it is the facts and expert knowledge that allow the reader to have an informed opinion that should be. I for one don't feel like I am moving yet toward an informed opinion on if the bulk of the death was foreseeable and preventable. The desire to be objective/neutral should not be an excuse for being uninformative, uninsightful and insipid. We can totally look for the same facts that a judge and jury would want to know and, when we find them, add them to the article. An agenda of uncovering relevant reality can drive our search for facts as long as we report those facts accurately and neutrally. People where heading into the kill zone for more than an hour, right? If people did die needlessly, we owe those people that our objectivity should not whitewash the reality that might have caused them to lose their lives needlessly. Likewise, expert opinions on what reasonable care would be can be quoted on both sides without our losing objectivity (although I think this is more complex, i.e., do we need one-for-one, pro/con quotes?) Not focusing on these questions almost implies that everyone did there best and that may not be true. Dnklu 07:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
While I don't know for certain about Virginia Tech, I can tell you that typically, college police officers are fully-sworn peace officers with full law enforcement powers on campus and the same armament as any other American police officer--which certainly jibes nicely with the footage I've seen of the VTPD officers initially responding on television. In any event, however, I don't think that having any information on this dispute would constitute NPOV at this point; there's simply not enough information available, and that having a section for it would just invite wild speculation and original research that's simply out of policy. Give it a few days, let some more information come out and figure out what the hell's true and what isn't, THEN we can see about having a section on the controversy, all right? Rdfox 76 12:32, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

IMAGES (Or, can we use pictures from the media we just scooped off teh Web?)

I saw that there was an image request, so check out this news webpage from the CBS station KDKA in Virginia, which has some good photos I believe.
Cliff smith 23:43, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

No. We do not use news media photos under almost any circumstance. We need freely licensed images - ones that someone took and is willing to release under the GFDL. News media photos are usually deleted on sight. Please see the image use policy and Commons:Commons:licensing for more information. --BigDT 23:53, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
For the record, KDKA is a CBS station in Pittsburgh, PA. Not Virginia. Just letting you know. --Wjmoore17 02:25, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

comparison (Or, how does this rank with other massacres?)

In looking at the school massacres list, it seems as though this is the largest massacre in the world (besides things happening in wars, and independence movements). Is that right? Zyxwvutsrqp 23:47, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

No, the Bath School disaster was worse. PubliusFL 23:49, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
The number of victims recorded in this article for the Bath School disaster is wrong, it says 44, but the amount of victims in the bombing was actually 45.
i beleive this is the largest shooting though. wasn't Bath a bomb?!? -Threewaysround 00:01, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
44 died in the Bath School bombings. Kehoe (the perp of Bath School) killed his wife beforehand. --Temporarily Insane (talk) 00:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
"Bath School disaster"?! Surely "Bath School massacre"!? jnestorius(talk) 00:18, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

In any circumstance, for shooting massacres, see Port Arthur in Tasmania. MojoTas 01:25, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

"Bath School Disaster" is a commonly used name, e.g. [22][23] Thus, it is a name supported by sources. --Dhartung | Talk 01:29, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Perpetrator (Or, who was he, and why can't I take a wild guess?)

Im suprised that this article keeps on stressing that the perpetraters identity is not yet known, but can anyone quote any reliable source saying it wasn't more thatn one shooter, because when refering to the perpetrators this article keeps using singular forms of words,implying one shooter.Rodrigue 23:56, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

During the VT press conference, the chief of police said that there was one shooter at Norris (now deceased by his own hand, identity withheld pending notification of family). They have not ruled out the possibility of a different shooter at AJ, but are not actively searching for anyone. Translation: it's probably the same guy but not 100% sure. --BigDT 00:01, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Each gun has a unique signature that gets engraved on bullets from its rifling. I'm assuming that police have recovered bullets and confirmed that they were fired from guns found on the perpetrator. There is a small possibility that two or more had handled same guns (wearing gloves to prevent fingerprinting them) but it doesn't usually go like that.--Revth 01:19, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
On washington post's site, they said student was of Asian descent, "around 19," and had "very serious but very calm look on his face." —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Wikimindless (talkcontribs) 02:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC).
According to Dateline NBC, Brian Williams citing police sources says the shooter was a 22 year old Asian VT student. (9PM (CDT) 4-16-07 Broadcast) --Kryai
Actually a few minutes ago in the main article here there was a link to a picture of the alleged perpetrator's MySpace profile. I downloaded the pic and then the link was gone. Taking the link down was certainly the right thing to do, but if the perp's ID is confirmed, I think it should be put back. It's EXTREMELY informative. Stammer 04:52, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Very definitely, though somewhat eerie. We did the same with the Canadian mall shooter's equivalent profile - or pictures of it, mind you, since after that story breaks it'll vanish before you know it. When the ID comes, when the ID comes. --Kizor 06:34, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
As proof of why it is GOOD that link was removed, that person is alive, has updated their myspace profile after being disloacted from their computer like many VTech students, and is examining his legal options for suing the huge number of outlets who accused him!. Walker42 09:32, 17 April 2007 (UTC)


Fatalities (Or, do we include the perp?)

There seems to be some disagreement on how many fatalities should be listed. I'm supporting listing it as 32 (33 including the perpetrator) in the infobox. This is the same way Columbine High School massacre has the fatalities listed in their infobox, differentiating between fatalities of the attack and total people killed. I think we should differentiate between victims of the attack and the killer. The fatalities of the attack are listed by all the major outlets as 32, the killer isn't a victim of the attack as he was the cause. This tracks with what happened at Columbine as well. JohnnyBGood t c VIVA! 00:07, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

i concur-Threewaysround 00:11, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree; the perp counts as a fatality, but should be quoted outside the group of the victims. --Iriseyes 02:48, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
[Moved from separate heading] Why is there a distinction made between the shooter and his victims in the "Fatalities" section of the infobox? Such a distinction would have been technically accurate for the number of victims, but I see no reason why it shouldn't simply be 33 if the count is of fatalities. Noclip 02:58, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Fatalities (Or why the draconian punishment for non-consensus number changers?)

Due to the silly warning in the article ("Anyone changing this without consensus on the talk page WILL be blocked."), I'm suggesting it here first: "32 (33 including the perpetrator)" should be simplified to "33 including the perpetrator".--Eloquence* 02:31, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I don't see why not. Gee, who put that warning there? // Sean William (PTO) 02:35, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't know who put it up, but I this I know why - in the few hours after the story broke a lot of people confused "police confirmed" with "news outlets reported" and kept changing the numbers randomly and somewhat widely. I'm guessing that the warning was put in so people would stop and think for a second before randomly changing the numbers. That said, it seems to have calmed down and 33 has been a steadily accepted number for at least 5 hours, so the warning can probably go. Natalie 02:37, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, but blocking for changing against consensus, even with a newer, cited source, is leagues away from actual Wikipedia policy, and any blocks for doing so wouldn't last very long. dcandeto 03:26, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I'm not necessarily justifying the warning, just explaining it for anyone who wasn't paying attention to this article in the few hours immediately after the news broke. It was ridiculous - an average of about 5 edits per minute. The number of victims changed every time your refreshed the page. I think removing it was a good idea. Natalie 03:35, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I removed the warning. anthony 03:30, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Rankings? (Or, how bad was it comparison to similar incidents, and do we want to memorialize that?)

Maybe I like college football to much, but should massacres be ranked in terms of influence on the surrounding culture? This may deserve a top 5 spot, but there are a lot of other competitors, the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, the Columbine Massacre, Jonestown Massacre, Luby's Massacre, and what I think deserves the top spot, the Boston Massacre, even if only 5 people died. Undoubtable the deaths of innocent people tend to spark a new mode of thought for the public and reflectively are seen as the peaks of conflict and turmoil, unrest and change in their respective societies. I also have questions about the policy on not putting any descriptions of the killer on this talk page or the article itself. Is there an actual policy against this sort of thing (if there is there should be a link) or if there isn't, this makeshift rule should be abolished. I actually don't understand why it's not appropriate to atleast say "many news sources have reported the killer to be and Asian fellow in his twenties, and more specific reports point to a 24 years old Chinese man" (or something of the source, as most sources unaminously report it in that manner). Not specifying any rules here will lead to confusion (I am certain, as it already has in me) of the restrictive and currently very unfree encyclopedia, Wikipedia. So if anyone can cite an actual rule, please do so.--Porsche997SBS 00:32, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Friendofwashoe 00:54, 17 April 2007 (UTC)Ranking murder victims is kind of sick if you ask me. If there was to be a heading for influence on the country, culture, whatever, that should be done later when more is known, and the effect has sunk in. It's only been just over 12 hours.... give it some time to determine influence.
I'm not sure we need to rank them; saying that this is the largest, Columbine was the largest school shooting up to now, and Luby's was the largest in general up to now, should be enough. dcandeto 02:34, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Official name (Or, what do we call this thing?)


In the 'naming convention' section of Wikiproject: Disaster management (link above) this artice should (when the time is right) have a 2007 before the rest. So the title would be "2007 Virginia Tech shooting/massacre" (whichever is decided).

Just though I'd mention that before it is moved to "Virginia Tech massacre" or whatever, in order to avoid successive moves, and to provide more clairity to those viewing the article. TheGoogle 00:33, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Thats because most natural disasters can happen multiple times in the same place. For example an Indonesian tsunami can happen multiple times to the same place. That is why that wikiproject does that. From what I can see, that wikiproject does not cover mass shootings only bombings. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Gdo01 (talkcontribs) 00:36, 17 April 2007 (UTC).
Yes however there may a future event that might draw confusion, and besides, it is already ESTABLISHED POLICY for articles in said category. If you look, this article falls under the realm of Wikiproject: Disaster management (it is is the category), so therefore this applies. TheGoogle 00:47, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
But Columbine High School massacre and Bath School disaster don't have the year in their title. I don't think it's necessary. --Temporarily Insane (talk) 01:15, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Necessary? Probably not. Policy? Yes. Just because those other ones don't currently adhere to it doesn't mean this one shouldn't. TheGoogle 03:31, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I have always considered the years to be absolutely ridiculous. What if Wikipedia had been around to "name" other significant historical events? The 1912 Titanic disaster? The 1941 Pearl Harbor attack? The 1963 JFK Assasination? Hurricane Katrina of 2005? These names are ridiculous. The years policy is misguided and harmful to the encyclopedia. Noclip 03:19, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Well sorry then for trying to FOLLOW THE RULES. Next time I won't try and do such a horrible thing. :-P . I agree, it sounds wierd, but the policy is there, and unfortunately we as the users (the "writers") have to follow the guidelines set forth before us. I didn't write the rules. I just think that if we are going to move the page we should obey the rules that it falls in the jurisdiction of. If that means it looks "absolutely ridiculous" then so be it. Take it up with somebody who has the authority to change such a thing. Until then we should call it this (it can always be MOVED AGAIN later if need be). TheGoogle 03:31, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Okay, here is a link to the naming conventions page, however it does little to help. [25] it states that it is a "soft rule" and if there is another appropriate name it could be named that also. So in other words its your choice, but it would be good to follow precident. TheGoogle 03:51, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Norris Hall Picture

I found a picture of Norris Hall, I think would be useful but I lack the skill to place it in, and to not mess up this page in all of the chaos, could someone add it?

Thanks, GloomySunday 00:35, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

it's a good picture, but is it ok to use? the site doesn't say where it came from.-Threewaysround 00:36, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Exactly, could you find a parent site to this, we need to make sure its copyright status or if it's a free image.--Porsche997SBS 00:39, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
It's an image modified from one of the maps VT hands out to visitors - maybe that'll help you find the original picture location? 00:55, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Nothing from a VT website meets Wikipedia's image use requirements. Please see WP:IUP for more information. --BigDT 01:40, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

There are maps on several news websites. Can we claim fair use on any? --Kizor 08:57, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

looking for girlfriend

maybe we should take out the part about the shooter looking for his girlfreind until we can source it. The part that says he quarreled with his girlfreind is fine (it is sourced), but since the shooter is dead his intentions may not ever be known.

peace out-Threewaysround 00:50, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

well someone got ride of them ether way.-Threewaysround 00:58, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Strangely, it's in the New York Times: "Students said a gunman had gone room to room looking for his ex-girlfriend. He killed a woman and a male student at the residence hall, identified as Ryan Clark, a senior from Augusta, Ga." I still don't feel comfortable enough to put it in myself, but if someone else wants to there's a somewhat reliable source. anthony 03:16, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

not a student

This statement: "An ATF source recently told NBC that the gunman was not a Virginia Tech student." needs a source. Natalie 01:01, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

i did a quick search of the ATF website and couldn't find anything. Not sure if that helps any.-Threewaysround 01:09, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

It has correctly been removed as that kind of thing needs sourcing. We are the encyclo[pedia and are not creating the news so all controversial material must be sourced, SqueakBox 01:12, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I removed it. No sense in having something so speculative without a source. anthony 01:13, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
yeah if you cant site something like that, it shouldn't be in the article. --KSL 01:10, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I was not the one who posted that he was not a student, but that claim was reported on HLN: Nancy Grace on April 16, 2007.
Impala63 02:33, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
No one else seems to be reporting it, so I think it's safe to say (at this point, at least) that Nancy Grace is [insert BLP violating flip comment about Grace's credibility here]. Natalie 02:40, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
The authorities haven't released it yet for a good reason so let's just wait until they do Mishkan 08:57, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
The confusion and bad reporting probably arises from the fact that two others were detained. The student form another college detained and released, and the man photographed cuffed, both of whom are probably not involved but whose arrest or detainment records might include facts being leaked and confused with those of the dead allege perpetratorWalker42 10:43, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
And the caution was well advised since the President of V Tch stated this morning: "He was one of our students." The "not a student" as well as all other descriptions other than appearance by witnesses are suspect since they undoubtedly also include facts from the other two men detained for a short period. Walker42 11:01, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Two shooters? Two incidents?

In the most recent (7:30ish) press conference, the Campus Police Chief stated that they had NOT yet decided if the two incidents were related. ATF was looking at the ballistics. They had identified a "person of interest" based on witness accounts of the first incident, who they had questioned and released. It was *not* the same person as the dead shooter from the later incident. They said this person was still a "person of interest". The Wiki article is currently written as if the same shooter was in both locations. I think the article needs to be adjusted to be careful not to assume both locations were the work of the same shooter, odd as that may seem, though of course it may turn out that they are. --Stargirl7 01:15, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I can't find anything in the article stating that the two shootings are related, however, the article is written as though they are (referring to shooter in singular, etc.). From reading this talk page it seems that the police have in fact said that the two shootings are related (I guess they were able to match bullets?). This needs to be in the article if so. If not, there needs to be a lot of rewriting. anthony 01:16, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

They are saying everywhere on the news that it is only one, as of 11:22 EST. TheGoogle 03:22, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

[Merged with heading "unrelated incidents?" below]

Both the Roanoke Times and National Public Radio have reported that the police are talking with a "person of interest" in the dorm shootings, & that it is not yet known with certainty (at least not in anything they're telling the press) whether the two shootings are related, or the relationship if any between the "person of interest" and the gunman at Norris Hall. In fact, NPR says the "person of interest" was being interviewed by police at the time the Norris Hall shootings began -- which is part of what apparently led Virginia Tech authorities to believe the situation was resolved. I have already integrated info from the Roanoke Times into the article, but haven't done the NPR addition yet. --Yksin 01:20, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I see that I crossposted with Stargirl7. -- In case these are unrelated incidents, I've reordered the description of events to put events at the dorm before events at Norris Hall, which previously were pretty mixed up. Chronological accounts do seem to work better. --Yksin 01:26, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Emotional Support (Or, can we add links directed at the victims?)

Can someone please create a section to direct people where to go for counseling and emotional support. I know the U has some resources available and I think it would be good to have them listed on the wikipedia page. Also, it might be nice to have a wiki page for people who want to say something, vent, ask for help, or communicate with each other to help in the healing process. If someone wants to make something like that, please also post the URL on this page to facilitate the dialog and the recovery process. Thanks Ethicalhacker 01:37, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Not to sound heartless, but that's not what an encyclopedia article is for, as per Wikipedia guidelines. --Dynaflow 01:39, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Uh, not to be an ass but if I were somehow involved with this why would the first place I go to seek help be a Wikipedia article? Gdo01 01:40, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Wikipedia is not a memorial. // Sean William (PTO) 01:42, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Actually if you look at the first ref it gives the info you are looking for[26], SqueakBox 01:45, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I was actually thinking that someone would create a wiki for them, not necessarily on wikipedia proper. Thanks SqueakBox for the info about the first ref. Perhaps a temporary banner at the top of the page directing people to the appropriate resources would be more appropriate.

Reasons for removal explained (Or, where did my references to others' unverifiable speculation go?)

The basic problem is that contains speculation; this is not encouraged by WP standards. It also presents somewhat conflicting information with the section itself: the section starts with a basic 'we don't know whom it is at this time' but yet ends with a remarkably detailed speculation on the background of this person. See the problem?

WP is not here to speculate on things; it is here to document things. Yes, the Sun Times may be a reliable source and it may soon be verified. But right now, we have no independent way of confirming their report from better sources (e.g. official). It would perhaps be best to just wait a little longer -- as an encyclopedia, we do have the luxury of time to wait a little for fast-moving events to resolve themselves more fully. It helps the quality of the article that way. I'm not going to redo the removal as I'm not interested in edit warring. If someone else agrees, go for it. If not, I'll live with it. Cheers, Dsf 01:55, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree with this assessment. Azileretsis 02:22, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I disagree. The Sun Times is an official source. If a student was interviewed by the Sun Times and they said that the killer was an Asian in a leather jacket and stocking cap, then that is bracketable. ... "Bob, a VT student interviewed by the Sun times said [bracketed statement]." If there are conflicting reports then we can cite sources saying that there are conflicting reports.: "According to Greta van Susteren, there are conflicting reports about [facts Greta reports about]" MPS 02:29, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

victims list removed (Or, where did it go, why, and what prominence should we give it here?)

The list of victims was removed here [27]. This should probably be discussed, because it seems like the kind of thing people are going to want to keep adding back.--W.marsh 02:01, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

While Wikipedia may not be a memorial, I do not see how adding a list of victims with listed reliable sources is memorializing. It is documenting information, not a full on extrapolation of the person's life story and how sorry person A and B are over htem. TW 02:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
This is covered by WP:NOT#MEMORIAL under #3. If they want to put something like that, they should link to a list of ALL the victims not the select few they personally want to remember. Gdo01 02:04, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Bath School disaster has a list of victims. I don't see why this shouldn't, but only once all that information is published, and not individually. --Temporarily Insane (talk) 02:06, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Exactly. Only once we have all the victims not just the ones you know firsthand. Gdo01 02:08, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Pan Am Flight 103 mentions some victims. I think we need rock solid sources and that with them we should indeed name the victims. The perpetrator is going to be mentioned and shoudlnt be more famous than the victims, SqueakBox 02:09, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

There's precedent for including a list of victims, but I don't think it should be like a deathwatch, where names are added individually. I think it should stay off until a complete list is available, then it should be discussed here first. As a corrolary, IMO it's not our concern whether or not the 'shooter' is 'more famous' than the victims; we're not here to promote or suppress notoriety. Anchoress 02:12, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Whoops, I probably should have discussed this before I did it. I am opposed to lists of victims because, simply, Wikipedia isn't here to honor the dead. I'm sorry that this happened, and my heart goes out to the friends and family of those killed, but I don't feel that this is the place for lists of victims. Maybe an external link could be added that lists the names of all of the killed students. // Sean William (PTO) 02:13, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
There's a difference between a list and a shrine, though. I don't think just listing people is memorializing them. But that said, we should probably wait per the above comments. I didn't start the discussion here to chastise you or anything, removing was probably a good call, I just figured discussion would be helpful. --W.marsh 02:15, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree it is too sonn and was expressing a personal view re notoriety, not suggesting we dont give the perpetrator the coverage he deserves, but I think that naming victims will happen and shouild do but give it time. Whiel these people arent covered by BLP we must be sensitive, wikipedia doesnt negate sensitivity at all, SqueakBox 02:16, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
If we decide to list the victims and injured (I personally think it's vanity unless any of those people becomes otherwise notable, but don't care too much to argue about it) we should definitely wait until a full list of names is released. That will also allow us the convenience of one ref tag, instead of 33. Natalie 02:27, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
As much as you guys may hate it, the shooter will be covered under WP:Notability. Starks 02:24, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I think a sourced list of who was killed is kosher. Not for memorial purposes but for record. Piecemeal adding is ok as long as it is sourced. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by MPS (talkcontribs) 02:26, 17 April 2007 (UTC).

Every other shooting entry in wikipedia lists the victims, this isn't even worth debating... However, in this case there's only one with an airtight identity confirmation in the media [28]. I'd like to see the list get started, but a more expereinced user/admin probably needs to add a semi-standard notice that unconfirmed can't be added. Rahga 02:50, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
See its happening. People are using facebook groups and what family have told them to cite victims. These are not reliable and they completely disregard all the other victims. We need to have a complete list rather than adding victim by victim as family members start realizing deaths. The worst part is if we put some person who is not dead and we say they are. We have to remember that we are a primary source for lots of people and sometimes distant family members. Gdo01 03:27, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Or, God forbid, someone who just happens to read this article and reads a name they recognize. This is another reason to refrain from listing victims until their names are officially released - I'd hate to find out my kid had been killed from Wikipedia. Natalie 04:04, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Clearly (per Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons) we cannot list live people who are notable only for surviving this rampage, ... but... I think if we use official sources (and not facebook) to list those 32 dead then we are publishing information that has already been released. The police don't release names of victims to the press until the families have been informed so listing shouldn't be a problem. Also... regarding people getting information from wikipedia... that's the whole point. With all due respect, if they get negative information or information they don't like, well they are readin an article about a massacre on a college campus... so what did they expect, happy news? MPS 04:19, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Exactly. That's why I don't think we should add a list until it's released by an official source. I'm not going to argue against a list, just an unsourced, unofficial list. When an official list is released, I think we should use a sidebox like the one used in the Bath article. (Bath school disaster#The_day_of_the_disaster) It seems to meet the requirements of being informative without being a memorial and also doesn't disrupt the prose of the article, as lists often do. Natalie 04:36, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

What about a list of the wounded as well? I know of several people in many interviews that were shot and giving interviews from either the hospital or were released and giving interviews near or around the campus. --Zib 08:48, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

chains (Or, why does the article completely omit any and all mention of the fact that the doors were chained shut?)

What's the deal with chains? were they on doors or not? The article says nothing about chains, but the news says doors were chained and padlocked. MPS 02:22, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

CNN said this several times on their newscast. I believe it is the main reason why so many died inside the building. Gdo01 02:31, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
No perhaps I was being too laconic... THE CURRENT ARTICLE SAYS NOTHING ABOUT CHAINS. MPS 02:37, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Both NYT and CNN reported chains. --Iriseyes 02:50, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
So did either NBC or Global. (I watched one right after the other, so I can't remember which one it was, and I don't have time right now to watch them again.) dcandeto 03:27, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
The Va Tech President in a Press Conference televised stated that the entrance doors to Norris Hall were chained on inside when police first arrived in response ot reports of shots fired, etc. I believe he said that delayed them by a minute or less in gaining entry. Vaoverland 04:29, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
if this is still an issue, it might be worthwhile to note the BBC was reporting the doors chained on Radio 4 this morning. tomasz. 09:39, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
it goes to premeditation. As do possibly the bomb threats of days earlier. It is early to speculate on either but that the doors were chained by someone other than a university authority is important.Walker42 10:21, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Historical context

Regarding historical context for this article, I think you have to go back to the Indian Massacre of 1622 along the James River which occured almost 400 years ago to find a worse mass murder which has occurred in Virginia, outisde of War, and I think the 1622 incident it qualifies as a mass murder, since that was not during a period of official war.

I am too close to this to write NPOV at this time. While I don't think the Indian massacre of 1622 as an act of war, is was certainly part of an ongoing conflict, and is apparently not similar in that respect. Other writers can decide how or if to use that comparison. I am bowing out, and will read the work of others. Vaoverland 02:40, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

That's not a school shooting, so it's somewhat unrelated. --Iriseyes 02:51, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Theres also Nat Turner's slave rebellion that was in Virginia which killed hundred, but I don't think its nesaccary to note in the article.--Coasttocoast 02:57, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I have had time to reflect, and suggest that we not go back with those historical context possibilities for comparisons, as we will begin to slide down a slippery slope. The past incidents mentioned were really not reasonably comparable, and take us astray from a focus on the current incident. Vaoverland 03:19, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

A reference for the Port Arthur Massacre is here: The Queen v. Martin Bryant, In the criminal sittings of the Supreme Court, Held at Number 7 Court, Salamnaca Place, Hobart, On Tuesday the 19th Day of November, 1996 [29] 05:19, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Importance rating

I have reduced the importance rating within the Virginia WikiProject to high importance. As tragic and as shocking as this is, this does not warrant top importance (it can't be more important than History of Virginia, James Monroe, John Marshall...not to mention Virginia...). It's a shoo-in for high importance. I have also gone in and reduced Capital One's importance as well, as that should not be top importance either. --Coredesat 02:55, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

User page content

FYI, if anyone would like to add a ribbon to their user page, you can use {{Virginia Tech ribbon}} to place a small orange and maroon ribbon in the top right corner of your user page (similar to the {{administrator}} icon) or you can add Image:Orange and maroon ribbon.svg anywhere you would like. --BigDT 03:41, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Thank you, I put it on my userpage in honour of my friend.--JUDE talk 06:10, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

List of victims

Why is there no list of victims. The media has already confirmed 3.--Shivreddy 03:42, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Thank you --Shivreddy 03:50, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

It says the first victim was the shooter's girlfriend in the "First Shooting, West Ambler Johnston Hall Dormitory" section. It is not said in the article that supports it, I believe, nor has it been confirmed...I haven't heard any of that yet. Does anybody have a supporting article about the first victim actually being his girlfriend? 12:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Victim link

Just wondering what the point of having a link in the article Ryan Clark (victim) that simply redirects to the same article is, unless someone was going to create an article, and it doesn't seem particularly notable to me. Xcfrommars 03:53, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I was an article, and then someone redirected it back to this page, and then someone tried to remove it and was accidently reverted. Basically, it's a big mess because everyone's trying to stay on top of the news. Natalie 03:59, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I think we should trust User:Friday on this one. I may not agree with him but he does know what he is doing, SqueakBox 04:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Brit spelling

I'm on an arbcom ban for pushing Brit spelling and even I recognise that we should stick to US spelling in this article. But do make sure the grammar is understandable to we non-Americans, SqueakBox 04:00, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Which parts are not grammatically understandable? I'm reasonably familiar w/ British spelling but not w/ British grammar. Natalie 04:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
What is not "understandable" to you in this article? What "non-British grammar" is not understandable (putting full stops inside quotation marks? One quote mark dash instead of two? What?) I'm honestly curious what on earth you're referring to. Moncrief 04:23, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
My edits were not non-American grammar oriented :), but cleaned up some sentences before i noticed this section in the Talk page. Do review, thanks. Sdsouza 05:24, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
It was a mistake to change an attributed description from US "Asian" To Brit "East Asian", especially since the grammar now incorrectly implies the witness used the latter term.Walker42 10:23, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

John McCain

Is the addition of John McCain's gun control policies really relevant/necessary in this article? Plus, the place in which it was put makes it look like a political message is trying to be conveyed. Apolloae 04:01, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

It probably looks like he's trying to convey a political message because that's what he's doing. I'd say it's unecessary. Natalie 04:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree and have removed it. --BigDT 04:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Mccain was the person who added a political message to it. As you can see, he is the one who framed this tragedy as a Second Amendment thing. Gdo01 04:03, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

So? I'm sure Rush Limbaugh probably talked about the tragedy too. I don't care what he said, either. --BigDT 04:06, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

The heading is government response. Its pretty important for a potential presidential candidate states something about this topic especially when they frame a tragedy to score political points. Gdo01 04:07, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I'm sure someone asked him the question and he answered it. I seriously doubt John McCain called up a reporter and said, "hey, let's talk about gun control"! But regardless of the context of the conversation, he is a senator from the other side of the country not in a leadership position. His opinion about gun control is completely and totally irrelevant to this topic. --BigDT 04:13, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Well there's always the option of ignoring or not commenting on a question. Anyway, I doubt its going to survive on the article unless someone blows this out, so I'm alright with removing it. Gdo01 04:14, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

"Government response" is not the same as "political candidates' response". --FOo 04:17, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Indeed. Would we really include a statement from any of the other presidential candidates? They're just candidates. Natalie 04:32, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Well, no, he's a Senator as well as a candidate. He's in office and got asked a question relating to this matter, to which he responded. I'm not too fussed whether it's in the article or not, but he is a serving member of the current government. Jekteir 04:45, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

It would make sense that commentary by those directly involved in this incident and that of notable people - where notable is defined in the context of greater history rather than just notable today - is valid. In that context, I believe comments by the Queen of England and other heads of state around the world are appropriate for inclusion while McCain's comments may not be as appropriate. On the other hand, he is a Senator, so . . . at what point do we define what political or government representatives are appropriate for inclusion and which are not? Or would quotes from those other than the most notable be more appropriate for addition to the Wikiquotes project, instead? Cordell 04:48, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

In response to a question on the day of the Virginia Tech massacre, McCain said the tragedy at Virginia Tech did not change his view that the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to carry a weapon.[1]

This is the removed text in case we want to put it back. futurebird 11:30, 17 April 2007 (UTC)


It is entirely inappropriate to semi-protect a talk page for so long. This is a quite draconian and exclusionary policy to enact due to the actions of only a few users. It represents the continuation of a frightening trend of closure on Wikipedia. Tfine80 04:04, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

We're still getting better than a post a minute on the talk page. That's about the most unbelievable thing ever, though I suppose if we had been here for 9/11 or Columbine, the same thing would have happened then, too. At any rate, I fully, 100% the decision to protect it until the names of the shooter and victim's are officially released. People were adding those names and we absolutely 100% cannot allow that. --BigDT 04:08, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Why are unregistered users, who may have lots of interesting things to add and questions about the creation of this article, more likely to do this than anyone else. It is enough that we now have an automatic reflex toward protection of current event articles; why does the talk space need to be protected as well? Tfine80 04:13, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
These "interesting things" include adding unconfirmed death reports. The last thing we need is for some family member to believe their cousin is dead because Wikipedia said it. Gdo01 04:16, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
If a registered user adds such a thing, they can only do it once. If their account is blocked, they can't do it again. But if the article is unprotected, then they can register 10 more accounts and add the info 10 more times. The reason both pages are s-protected is that this problem actually was occurring earlier today. The revisions aren't there any more so I assume they were oversighted, but people were adding unconfirmed names. --BigDT 04:25, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
And how many hundreds of eager and honest contributors have been turned away, seeing that their contributions and thoughts are unwanted? Now you even shut off commentary about the article and the provision of advice. This is incredibly draconian and unwarranted. Tfine80 04:30, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Good grief. I removed the s-protection earlier today. Another admin had to readd it EIGHT MINUTES LATER because vandalism was coming in so fast that it couldn't be reverted. This is a simple and equitable solution - once the names are out there, the s-protection can come off. We cannot have vandalism pouring in so fast tht it can't be reverted and we cannot have people publishing names of the dead. --BigDT 04:40, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree that there's no reason to keep the talkpage semi-protected. This article is high-profile enough that off-topic additions can be removed from the talkpage, and I agree that editors who are prevented from contributing to the article should at least be able to suggestion additions on the talkpage. Anchoress 04:18, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I find the "oh my god, Wikipedia says you killed my son/daughter/friend, I'm going to kill you *lynch*" situation much scarier than a dead relative. // Sean William (PTO) 04:19, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Uh, I've heard this argument on forums and all I have to say is why would you lynch someone that is already dead by suicide? Gdo01 04:21, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Then the conspiracy theorists begin their "multiple shooter" theory. // Sean William 04:26, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Has anyone checked the grassy knoll? --BigDT 04:43, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Also, the template at the top is misleading. It says editing by anonymous and newly registered editors is prohibited, and that anonymous editors should request unprotection or register to contribute; but how can they do either of those things? Anchoress 04:20, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
They can register and contribute in a few days or ask for unprotection on WP:RFP. Gdo01 04:22, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Then the template should say that. Anchoress 04:25, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
That would be unwieldy as a template. Gdo01 04:26, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Only 5 or 10 minutes ago someone added the facebook profile of some kid, identifying it as the shooter. That account has been blocked, but everyone of those potentially libelous edits have to be oversited. I'm fine with keeping thing sprotected until the shooter and victims' names are released from an official source. Natalie 04:38, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

I've unprotected the talk page. There is already a "block on site" notice so it's pretty ridiculous to have it protected. Where are the anons/newbies supposed to contribute if they can't edit either page? John Reaves (talk) 04:47, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Good. The marketplace of ideas should triumph over the unwarranted fears of the few. Rooot 04:53, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
this has nothing to do with a "marketplace" of competing ideas, it has to do with ensuring facts are printed, speculation is kept out, libel is avoided and inane vandalism doesn't happen once per minute. tomasz. 09:46, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Well it's still early, but the tally so far is about 6 edits by anons since the semi was taken off, and they've all been at worst harmless and at best on-topic and constructive. So far the feared rush of contributions that would need to be oversighted has failed to materialise. Thankfully. Anchoress 10:22, 17 April 2007 (UTC)