This blog, "On the scene," which has chronicled happenings on the sprawling campus in Blacksburg, Va., in the wake of Monday’s massacre, is being retired as MSNBC.com’s coverage shifts away from the scene of the crime to the investigation and the issues raised by the attacks.
We will continue to offer complete coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy and the healing of the Hokie Nation in our news reports and will post a representative sample of readers’ comments on existing posts through Friday, April 27.
At dinner Thursday night, Frieda Morris, bureau chief for the NBC News team covering this awful tragedy, was comparing the arc of this story to the coverage of the Columbine High School Massacre, eight years ago Friday.
"Four days into Columbine," Frieda said, "most of us hadn't had a substantial catnap, let alone a full night's sleep; it was nonstop." All of us at the table at what was essentially a team dinner knew what Frieda was talking about; during the day -- the fourth day of so similar a story of immeasurable grief following an act of madness -- there was a sense both in the press corps and across this vast university campus that the main storylines of the Virginia Tech massacre had been identified, explored and broadcast or written.
Bradford Wiles has been saying it all week: I told you so.
A graduate research assistant in the department of human development at Virginia Tech, Wiles wrote an op-ed in the Virginia Tech school newspaper in August pleading for the right to carry a gun on campus. He wrote the piece shortly after a shooting near campus triggered a lockdown.
As officials, students and families struggle to come to terms with the tragedy at Virginia Tech, a team of MSNBC.com reporters and editors and NBC News producers and correspondents is on the scene.