Tuesday, April 17, 2007

It's all her fault*

*Not according to anyone with common sense.

Emily Jane Hilscher, the first person killed in the massacre at Virgina Tech.

According to the Metro (English daily paper)

This is the face of the teenage student who may have sparked the biggest gun massacre in US history.

Emily Jane Hilscher, 18, was killed on the fourth floor of a dormitory at Virginia Tech University as a gunman unleashed his terror rampage.

It is thought she was the ex-girlfriend of the unnamed killer who then went onto kill Emily's neighbour 22-year-old Ryan Clark who had tried to help.
(emphasis mine)

Sure, blame the woman as though the guy who did this has no accountability for his actions. The 'student who may have sparked' my ass. Classic victim blaming. ARGH
I can't even begin to describe how incredibly pissed off and crazy this makes me feel. Maybe I'll add more later when I calm down.

Hat tip: Sparkle*Matrix


manxome said...

Yup - know just how you feel. And yesterday, I just KNEW it was only a matter of time before it came down to this.

I second that ARGH

Anthony said...

The use of the word 'sparked' doesn't imply blame or guilt on her part. It simply states that the terrible actions of this sick individual may have been founded in his ex(relations) to her. I don't read that she is blamed.

It's a sad, sad thing though. If anything may come out of this, I hope more emphasis is put on gun control. People who claim they have the right to own guns in order to protect themselves may end up being the aggressor they fear...

Kate said...

I was *hoping* that some discussion might come of WHY THE HELL DO THE AUTHORITIES TREAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS MINOR ISOLATED INCIDIENTS THAT DON'T HAVE ANY RELEVANCE TO ANYONE ELSE? News flash! A guy who's whacked enough to shoot a woman who doesn't want him is whacked enough to shoot a bunch of random people too. Can we taking murdering women for romantic slights seriously please?

Nella said...

If they'd been a bit more on the ball about complaints from the women this guy allegedly stalked, it may not have reached this stage in the first place.

Ms.PhD said...

I agree with nella.

Krystel said...

I left a comment on that news article - YESTERDAY. It still states that no comments have been posted.

I know comments are moderated, but I find it hard to believe that I've seen this article in at least three blogs since yesterday and nobody thought to comment on it. Looks like they'e blocking all comments.

Liz said...

It makes me so angry that they didn't see any reason to make a big deal of a murder that they thought was committed by a jealous boyfriend. Duh--shouldn't they have thought that the man was armed and dangerous. I mean, they didn't know he was planning a MASS MURDER, but they should have known that an armed fugitive CAN be dangerous.