People need to step up and be heroes

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I am writing in response to the article, "Gunman kills 32 at Virginia campus," dated April 17. I believe people are just not being brave enough. If I had been present at Virginia Tech during the shooting, I would have sacrificed my life to do something about it.

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I would have, without hesitating, attacked the killer. It is sad that people panicked and forgot about saving lives. It would have been better to have one person dead - that would have been me - than to have other young adults or children die.

People have forgotten to be heroes. People in this society are selfish and only think about themselves - the "me and me and nothing else" attitude. Remember Flight 93 on Sept. 11? Those people sacrificed themselves to save others.

There is no reward if we just take care of ourselves. We must care about others' safety. Be a hero and help prevent school attacks. Maybe we should start to think about ways to teach our communities how to stay calm and defend others.

People can be heroes by joining organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, helping the elderly and volunteering as tutors. We must become united as a family to prevent violence and to keep this country No. 1 in the world.

Guadalupe Vasquez

Juneau



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