We also asked the students to send us their written thoughts on that terrible day, which we'll be posting here throughout the afternoon -- starting with sophomore Bryce Carter, who last year live-blogged the events as they were unfolding:
The public only sees what is presented to them, and what is presented to them has to be captivating enough to hold an audience and make profits. In the aftermath of April 16, 2007, our university suffered the untold amounts of reporters that transcended on our campus. Many reporters showed an enormous insensitivity to our community, as revealed in the story behind the photograph below.
Two stories unfolded last April: one was the shootings, and the other was the media. The story of the media presence and its effect was greatly underreported, yet it's left a deep scar on every Hokie who had to endure the reporters' presence. We felt nothing less than violated, raped.
There are countless other similar personal stories beyond these two photographs that Hokies and community members alike experienced. It is our hope that in the aftermath of their presence they realize that, as one reporter told me, “There is a difference between doing your job and doing your job with compassion.”