The Virginia Tech campus has always been renowned as intimate, friendly and safe, says a well-known London golfer who studied there.
“I think it’s the safest place I’ve ever been for four years,” Len Foran said today. “I felt as safe as anything at Virginia Tech.”
Foran attended the school on a golf scholarship from 1978 to 1981.
“I never saw any weapons on campus at all,” he said this morning.
Foran was reflecting on the massacre of 32 people on campus yesterday, the worst mass slaying in U.S. history.
The gunman started firing inside a student residence at 7:15 a.m. yesterday; two hours later, after chaining some doors shut at an engineering building, a gunman opened fire in four classrooms and in a hallway, police said this morning.
Foran said the shocking incident isn’t reflective of college life, or of the student experience at Virginia Tech.
“I would not like any kid to be deterred from going to school in the U.S. because of this. It was a really isolated occurrence.”
Foran said most of the campus was a 15-minute walk from any other building.
The school population is similar to that of the University of Western Ontario — about 26,000 students — but the host town of Blacksburg, with 10,000 residents, is much smaller than London.
“Everybody was friendly. It was a really good community,” Foran said today.
Foran is a former Ontario Amateur golf champion who continues on the links as a golf instructor.
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Debora Van Brenk is a Free Press reporter.