GW Hosts Screening of "Living for 32" Documentary in Remembrance of The Virginia Tech Tragedy | News
April 16th marks the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre which took place in Blacksburg, Va in 2007.
32 lives were lost that day in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history as well as the lone gunman who later killed himself.
We all remember where we were when news of a gunman on Tech's campus was announced. I was walking to one of my many journalism classes at my university, which was 2.5 hours from Tech. I recall looking down at my phone to a mass number of missed calls and text messages from college friends asking if I had heard the news. At that time, some of my best friends from high school went to Tech and I was very worried about them. Thank goodness they were okay, but that day changed campus life forever at Virginia Tech and across the country.
Each anniversary since April 2007, classes have been suspended as a way of remembering and recognizing the lives lost. This year, the 28,000 students on campus will head to class to honor the 32 students and faculty killed in the rampage..Over the weekend, a 3.2-mile “Remembrance Run” took place with over 6,000 participants to honor the 32 killed.
The day will be remembered in other ways on the Blacksburg campus, and by alumni across the nation.
In Washington, students at George Washington University will watch a documentary about a survivor from the Virginia Tech shooting aptly named Living for 32.
A Q&A discussion will take place after the screening with NBC News’ Luke Russert, as moderator and survivor and Colin Goddard, who was shot four times at Virginia Tech and now serves as deputy director of Legislative Affairs at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Students in at least 32 colleges and universities will also see the screening across the nation on April 16th including three local schools: The University of Maryland, Randolph-Macon, and Chesapeake College.
The film's National College Tour to end Gun Violence has been screened at colleges and universities across the country, and Living for 32 premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
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