I will let the English majors decide if "Irony" is the right word or if it was just a different set of information. The early one when you read the article states that the campus was shut down Monday when the inmate escaped Sunday. Again the procedures were to start the manhunt, then they had a second victim, this indicates a pattern where the escapee is going to shoot people he encounters, this makes him a continued threat, in particular to campus where he is moving towards and where he is knownand knows the area. Sounds to me like it was handeled well, and everyone including the press who showed up for that story as well, agreed. Last week the police followed their previous procedures the same way. Lockdown the crime scene DONE, find evidence on status of shooter DONE, when the threat is suspected on campus lock it down DONE. It just so happens that this time the shooter waited two and a half hours instead of 12, and the police didn't get a change to their information (i.e. witness's found to be unreliable) until two hours at which point they do send out the emails. Immdiatly followed but the second rampage and the immdiate lock down of all buildings, classes, and campus access roads.
1. witty language used to convey insults or scorn; "he used sarcasm to upset his opponent"; "irony is wasted on the stupid"; "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"--Jonathan Swift [syn: sarcasm]
2. incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs;
"the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated"
3. a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
I stated earlier in the week here that it was a VERY hard call placing blame on anyone. Go back and read what i wrote. I said that it was very difficult to stop a madman hellbent on killing people.However, playing Devil's advocate, I think the Police had some sort of blinders on after making the initial assumptions regarding the first shooting.They convinced themselves that they had a domestic violence situation, instead of taking the proper procedure they had previously taken and locked the campus down. That was an unfortunate assumption.
I think more attention has to be paid to important anniversaries
such as Columbine, raising the level of awareness to a higher degree. Had the Campus Police sent the classic "memo" around that due to the upcoming anniversary of Columbine there would be a higher sense of awareness then maybe there would have been a better reaction after the first shooting. But all of this is just speculation after the fact, and that is what happens after events like what happened at VT. I disagree that speculation somehow disrepects the victims of the incident. On the contrary, i think that it serves as a way to learn from the mistakes that were made....