In South Sudan, there’s a saying: When Elephants fight, the grass gets trampled. More than fifty years of war has kept the young nation from finding its own footing. But an effort by Virginia Tech aims to plant seeds of change there.
South Sudan won independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011. Much more than the grass was trampled and aid groups came in to help rebuild the region. But lasting change depends on the ability of local people to solve local problems and that means training teachers.
It’s been eight years since a disturbed student went on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech, killing 32 people before taking his own life. Since then, colleges and universities have made significant changes to prevent future tragedies.
Since the shootings at Virginia Tech, a cottage industry has sprung up around campus security.
“These are challenging times for colleges and universities. Crime on campus is more concerning than ever, tragic shootings, student suicides, injuries, suspicious behaviors, concerning events are coming from every direction.”
A state court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 related to the announced closing of Sweet Briar College. Amherst County attorney, Ellen Bowyer, will ask the judge to issue an order blocking the closure of Sweet Briar College for one year. However, Attorney General Mark Herring says Bowyer has just limited authority to intervene. Sweet Briar's closing will have a yet unknown impact on an internationally recognized artist community on property owned by the college.
This week, we mark the 8th anniversary of this country’s deadliest shooting rampage – an attack that left 33 dead at Virginia Tech.
Dr. Bela Sood is a psychiatrist at Virginia Commonwealth University – a senior professor of child mental health policy and the author of a new book, The Virginia Tech Massacre: Strategies and Challenges for Improving Mental Health Policy on Campus and Beyond. She was appointed by then Governor Tim Kaine to study what had happened at Tech and to offer suggestions for preventing future tragedies.