Shooting at FSU

FSU Police PatchI had something of an emotional reaction when I heard about the shooting at Florida State University this morning.  It was a tragedy in a place I once called home.  You see, I graduated from FSU in the mid-1980’s.  Strozier Library sits on Landis Green east of Landis and Deviney Residence Halls, where I lived for many years.  Strozier was my second home.

After something as traumatic as a school shooting, we tend to hear people ask, “Why?”  They want a rational explanation in an attempt to seek closure.  My feeling is that the “why” is unimportant.  There is no rational explanation for violence targeting the innocent and defenseless.  “Why” won’t heal the wounded or bring back the dead.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their families, as well as the shaken student body and staff.  I am sure that disbelief and a sense of a loss of security are being felt by those in Tallahassee right now.  Time will eventually dull those feelings.

My thanks go out to the Florida State University Police Department for their quick response to the incident.  I am sure TPD and LCSO were en route as well.  We all train for such a call.  Glad you guys were there when it came out.



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2 Responses to Shooting at FSU

  1. Chris Sawyer says:

    Randall I too have many a friend and even in real life colleagues that I work with on a daily basis that went to FSU and lived on campus. Heck my current boss some 20+years younger than me was a graduate there. Today was truly a sad day for us all that our society has come to a time when they have to have a national notoriety of their pain. I have to the conclusion that in some of the younger generations that they feel that this is the way to “end all” and be recognized instead of asking for help! I also feel that ‘they’ and I use this only for those that feel this way need someone else to do it for them. They are not strong enough to do it them themselves which is scary for Americas future. You and I raised our children to be strong and raise their children that way ‘so where did Americans go wrong I ask all/” Randall thanks for all you do for our area and state let-a-lone the readers you reach out to your column is always a pleasure to read.

    Chris Retired LEO SC

  2. Aaron E says:

    The news brought sadness to me as I remembered fondly my days living in Tally. I am glad to hear of the rapid repsonse of LE, and hope and pray that peace will come quickly to all those involved.

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