A Black Day in the Blue Ridge
How odd that Lucinda Roy's thoughtful column published on the op-ed page of Tuesday's New York Times ("A Black Day in the Blue Ridge") was followed by the discovery that Roy, who is the co-director of the Creative Writing Program at Virginia Tech, had actually referred the murderer to counseling and reported him to the police because of his threatening behavior and the violent fantasies he injected into his creative writing assignments.*
It must have been horrifying for her to learn after writing the column that she knew the shooter.
*From the ABC World News site: "The threats seemed to be underneath the surface. They were not explicit," [Lucinda Roy] recalled. "And that was the difficulty that the police had. I would go to the police and to the counselors and to student affairs and everywhere else, and they would say, 'There's nothing explicit here. He's not actually saying he's going to kill someone.' And my argument was he seemed so disturbed anyway that we needed to do something about this."