All of us here are quite saddened by the shooting at Virginia Tech. I don’t know what to say.
Today, President Susan Hockfield sent this message out to the MIT community:
To Members of the MIT Community:
Yesterday’s tragic events at Virginia Tech have shocked and saddened
all of us. We offer MIT’s condolences to the students, faculty, and
staff of Virginia Tech and to their families.
We invite all members of the MIT community to an interfaith ceremony
of healing and reflection, organized by the Institute’s chaplains,
tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, April 18, at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
We anticipate that in the days to come members of the community will
organize additional opportunities to gather in remembrance. At the
same time, we encourage those with connections to the Virginia Tech
community and those who find themselves particularly disturbed by
yesterday’s events to contact the many individuals and offices at the
Institute who can offer support, including the Mental Health service
in MIT Medical and the housemasters and tutors in the residence
In the wake of the events at Virginia Tech, many have asked about our
preparations in the event of an emergency at MIT. The Institute
maintains comprehensive emergency preparedness plans, which are
assessed and updated regularly. We are fortunate to be able to rely
on the professionalism and expertise of our colleagues in the MIT
Police, the Environment, Health, and Safety Office, the Department of
Facilities, the Medical Department, and the Housing Office. All of
these key operational areas have comprehensive and tested action plans
in place, which they would implement in the event of an emergency.
Our thoughts will be with the Virginia Tech community during the days
of mourning ahead.