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Today We Are All Hokies by phantom-inker Today We Are All Hokies by phantom-inker
On a sunny warm morning on September 17, 1996, a young woman with a long history of mental health problems walked onto the Penn State campus, sat down under a tree on one of the most popular lawns on campus, took a seven-millimeter Mauser rifle, and fired five shots randomly into the crowd. Melanie Spalla was killed, Nicholas Mensah was injured, and two others later found bullet holes in their backpacks. When the bullets started to fly, Brendan Malovrh had the amazing courage to run not away from them but toward them; he wrestled the rifle and a knife away from the deranged Jillian Robbins and held her until police could arrive. Had he not acted so quickly and selflessly, Penn State could easily have suffered the tragedy that Virginia Tech is dealing with today.

On my way to class, I walked right past the spot where Jillian killed a girl --- only an hour after it happened. If my class had been an hour earlier, I could have been right in the line of her sights.

Today, we are all Hokies.

Every alumnus who carries a degree and every student who studies in the quad, every professor who goes beyond the call of duty and every parent who worries about her child, we are all Hokies.

Our hearts and prayers go out to you, Virginia Tech. By the grace of God we all hope that may never happen again anywhere.

The Hetzel Union Building Shootings | The Digital Collegian, Sep 27, 1996 | Penn State Shooting in 1996 Hauntingly Familiar | Woman Pleads Guilty in Penn State Shooting

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This picture is of Ally, my centauress character, and I drew it in a single sitting of six hours during which I had a very hard time not crying. I'm offering it as a print, and it's my first (and only) print. Due to the seriousness of the situation, I'm also offering a version where Ally is human, which some people might prefer. Regardless of her species, the point remains the same: We're thinking of and praying for you and yours, VT.
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914four Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
On December 6, 1989, at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Twenty-five year-old Marc Lépine, armed with a legally obtained rifle and a hunting knife, shot twenty-eight people before using it to kill himself. He shot and killed fourteen women, twelve of them engineering students, one nursing student, and one staff member, and wounded fourteen other people, mostly women.
One of the results of this tragedy, besides more stringent gun control, was a project created by the Government of Canada called the long gun registry. This required all Canadians owning a rifle to obtain a permit and license, much in the same way they would for their automobiles, and this database was used by the police to help prevent this sort of tragedy from reoccuring. The current Harper Government, claiming to have a mandate, has announced that they are scraping this registry, despite protests from many police forces. The Government of Quebec has started legal proceedures to obtain the information contained in the database, and the Harper Government is refusing to release the data. If you live in Canada, please make your views known to your representatives, this type of tragedy can be prevented.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead
Shea-Hime Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh god...
I remember this...
I attened a speech competition recently at VT and I saw this on the front of someone's binder...
Very awesome...
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Somebody put this on their binder? Uh, if you ever see them, tell them thanks :)
Shea-Hime Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will do!
ChaosPhazon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
Love this picture. Its very deep and can understand why you had a hard time not crying. My cousin attended VT a year or two ago before getting her Masters Degree. To think if something would have happened to her would rip me apart, Very good job with this. Def. fav.
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