Facebook.com helps students process grief

Posted: Wednesday, April 18 at 11:00 am ET by Bill Dedman, MSNBC.com

Students at Virginia Tech are turning to a familiar tool to help themselves process their grief and bewilderment following Monday’s massacre: the popular college social networking site Facebook.com.

A review by MSNBC.com reveals that thousands of pages focusing on the tragedy have been created in the 48 hours since gunman Cho Seung-Hui’s rampage.

Some of the pages belong to victims of the shooting and serve as chilling reminders of the hours of uncertainty endured by friends and family, followed by the worst possible news.

Among them are a page created by victim Jarret Lane, 22, of Narrows, Va., that features increasingly frantic posts from an unidentified friend: “Sir, you need to check in with us...we're freaking out here!!” and then, “I love you Jarett. I will love you on this Earth and at the next. I love the entire Lane family.”

Many other Virginia Tech students updated their pages to include “I’m OK” messages.

Other Facebook pages have been created to share details of the rampage and its aftermath, share memories of victims and to host discussions of the tragic events.

You can read more about these pages on MSNBC.com in Will Femia’s “Clicked” column.

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